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Signs and Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

April 26, 2016

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What are the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (PE)?  

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Well, first PE rates have increased 2x in the last decade.  That is scary. We need to make sure we know these signs and symptoms.  They include:  angina -like pain or crushing chest pain, dyspnea, wheezing, rales, decrease in blood pressure, hemoptysis, chronic cough, fever, tachypnea, tachycardia, and diaphoresis.  


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Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dawn T. Gulick, PhD, PT, AT, CSCS, a Professor of Physical Therapy. Her areas of expertise are orthopedics, sports medicine, modalities, and medical screening.  As a clinician, she has owned a private orthopedic/sports medicine practice.  She also provides athletic training services from the middle school to elite Olympic/Paralympic level.  As a member of the Olympic Sports Medicine Society, Dr. Gulick has provided medical coverage at numerous national and international events.  As a scholar, Dr. Gulick is the author of 4 books (Ortho Notes, Screening Notes, Sport Notes, Mobilization Notes), four book chapters, > 60 peer-reviewed publications, and > 100 professional and civic presentations.  OrthoNotes is in the 5th edition and has been translated into multiple languages.  Dr. Gulick is an entrepreneur.  She is the developer of a mobile app called iOrtho+ (Apple, Android, & desktop versions).  Her app has been downloaded over 160K times around the world. She is the Founder & CEO of Therapeutic Articulations.  She is the inventor of the Mobil-Aider, an orthopedic device designed to quantify joint mobility.  She is the recipient of a phase I and phase II National Science Foundation grant of over $1.2M for the commercialization of the Mobil-Aider.  She owns the utility patent & has achieved FDA clearance.  She has two other medical projects in process.  Dr. Gulick has served and held leadership roles on numerous committees over her 25 years in academia. 

Dr. Gulick earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA), a Master of Physical Therapy from Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).  She is an AMBUCS scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi (past chapter president) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies.


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Medical Screening – Part 1 Systemic Pathology
Presented by Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Recorded Webinar

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Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Course: #4473Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'Organized and thorough'   Read Reviews
This course focuses on medical screening for the physical therapist and is Part 1 of a four-part series on screening. Part 1 provides an overview of the signs/symptoms of systemic pathology.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 2 hours of Direct Access CE credit.

Medical Screening – Part 2 Pediatrics & Adolescence
Presented by Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Course: #4474Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'Touched on many things that are not a usual occurrence but need to know'   Read Reviews
This course focuses on medical screening for the physical therapist and is Part 2 of a four-part series on screening. Part 2 addresses pathology in the pediatric and adolescent lifespan. Part 1 is recommended prior to part 2.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 2 hours of Direct Access CE credit.

Medical Screening – Part 3 Adult
Presented by Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Course: #4475Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'easy to follow, good diagrams'   Read Reviews
This course focuses on medical screening for the physical therapist and is Part 3 of a four-part series on screening. Part 3 addresses pathology in the adult portion of the lifespan. Part 1 is recommended prior to part 3.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 2 hours of Direct Access CE credit.

Medical Screening – Part 4 Geriatrics
Presented by Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Course: #4476Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'I think this is the best course I have ever taken, it makes me more confident in my practice and brought a lot of useful information at a personal level as well'   Read Reviews
This course focuses on medical screening for the physical therapist and is Part 4 of a four-part series on screening. Part 4 addresses pathology in the geriatric portion of the lifespan. Part 1 is recommended prior to part 4.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 2 hours of Direct Access CE credit.

Extremity Joint Mobilization Techniques
Presented by Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Dawn T. Gulick, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Course: #3462Level: Advanced1.5 Hours
  'Presenter delivered difficult information in a concise manner making it easier to understand and visualize'   Read Reviews
This course is designed to provide an objective way to perform joint mobilization techniques utilizing the Mobil-Aider device. Tasks for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle will be performed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and athletic training and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA and AT.

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