Your Treatment Team
Whether you are at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute for rehabilitation or for surgery, you will be cared for by a treatment team. These caregivers will work closely
with you and your family to get to know you and your individual needs. Your treatment team may include some or all of these professionals:
All patients are assigned a physician/surgeon. Your primary physician
(also called the "attending physician" or "surgeon") is a specialist in your
area of need. Your physician will examine you, diagnose your medical condition,
plan your treatment and consult
with you and your family about your progress. You may also meet with
other medical specialists on our staff, if necessary. In some instances, the
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner may assist in managing your care.
Nurses provide much of your direct, day-to-day care while keeping
track of all the care you receive. They administer medications, dress
and treat wounds, monitor your nutrition and regularly check your
blood pressure and other vital signs. Many of our nurses are certified in
Our nursing staff delivers a "partnership model of care," in which registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing technicians and
certified specialized nursing assistants work together to manage the care of our patients. Clinical nurse
specialists and nurses also provide the patient education you and your
family need to help you learn to take care of yourself before you enter
the hospital and after you leave.
Pharmacists distribute medicines throughout the hospital and review
every medication order that you are prescribed while you are a patient
at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. They monitor for drug allergies, drug interactions and
lab values to ensure that you are receiving the proper medication at the correct
dose for your medical condition. There is a pharmacist available 24
hours a day and he/she can be consulted regarding any medication issue.
Upon discharge, there is an outpatient pharmacist on duty Monday –
Friday to fill your prescriptions.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Your PT shows you ways to build strength, balance, coordination and endurance to help you improve your mobility. The PT evaluates your
mobility (walking) and identifies the best methods to maximize your
independence at home and in the community. PTs may identify assistance
devices (wheelchair, walker and/or cane) to meet your specific need.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Your OT assists you with maximizing your independence in activities
such as dressing, bathing, toileting and meal preparation. This may be
accomplished through training in the use of adaptive equipment, upper
body strengthening and coordination activities, splinting and cognitive
or visual perception exercises.
Speech-Language Pathologist (Speech Therapist)
Speech therapists evaluate patients and help them improve their ability
to speak, write, hear and swallow. For example, if you have a physical
problem that makes it hard for you to form words and sounds, or you
have a problem remembering words or understanding speech, speech therapists can help. They may also teach you how to use an electronic
or computerized communication system.
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Therapeutic recreation specialists help you regain the physical, mental,
emotional and social skills you need to take part in hobbies, sports,
reintegration into the community and other activities. They may lead
outings to restaurants, sports events or other community settings so
that you can practice using skills you will need when you leave the hospital.
Your specialist may also work with you one-on-one to help you
resume your former activities or develop new interests.
Your case manager meets regularly with you and your treatment team. He
or she keeps your family and insurance company informed about your
progress toward goals and assists with your questions or problems.
Your case manager helps with the necessary preparations for discharge, and,
before you are discharged, he or she may provide educational information
and referrals to other sources that will address your post-discharge needs.
All patients are evaluated for nutritional risk upon admission by nursing staff.
Patients who are identified to be at nutritional risk are monitored by the
registered dietitian throughout their stay. The dietitian may counsel you
and your family about your special diet needs and concerns, and may also be contacted for diet order questions during your stay at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.
A neuro-psychologist may meet with patients who have specific disabilities
at various points during their treatment to test their awareness, ability
to think and make judgments, and their emotional state. Neuro-psychologists
may also provide psychological and supportive counseling
to patients and their families.
Pain Management Services
Pain is the "fifth vital sign." UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is fortunate to have experts in this
field, including anesthesiologists and specialty nursing and complementary
The UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute staff is committed to managing your pain during your hospital
stay. Since the experience of pain is individualized, you will be
asked to describe and rate your pain. We have a team of pain management
physicians and nurses who can be consulted in order to make your
stay more comfortable. Their services include complementary medicine and
acute and chronic pain management services.
Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Liaison Nurses
If you are anxious, depressed, cannot sleep or have extreme pain, your
physician may request a consult by a member of the psychiatry staff.
The psychiatrist and his or her staff will give treatment advice to you
and your caregivers.
Respiratory Care Services
Respiratory Care is the healthcare discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's respiratory care practitioners apply scientific principals to prevent, identify and treat acute to chronic dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary systems.
Our team of professionals is instrumental in helping diagnose, treat, manage, control, rehabilitate and provide preventive care for patients with breathing problems.