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Hospital-Based Rehabilitation Services

The hospital-based rehabilitation team at Tampa General Hospital includes highly qualified professional and support staff that provide treatment for patients overcoming a variety of conditions within the acute care hospital setting. The therapists in the hospital are often the initial point of contact for our rehabilitation patients. We work closely with physicians, residents, nurses, respiratory care, dieticians, case managers, social workers and other health care professionals to expedite the patient’s recovery process. Because of the world-class care we provide, Tampa General Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals and highest ranked in Florida for Rehabilitation.

Scope of Services

The focus of hospital-based rehabilitation services is working with patients experiencing a decrease in function as a result of illness, injury or surgical procedure. A physician referral is required to initiate therapy services. Once the referral is received an evaluation is completed and a treatment plan established. Functional goals are set for attainment by discharge from the hospital. The therapist assists in discharge planning by making recommendations for the next level of care after discharge from the acute care hospital. Discharge recommendations made by therapists may include acute or sub acute rehab, home health therapy or simply a home exercise program. Hospital-based rehabilitation services are provided in all nursing units including the intensive care units. Most evaluations and treatments are provided at the bedside. Family, friends and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate in the treatments and to be involved any training needed to facilitate a safe discharge to the next level of care.

Services Available

Occupational Therapy:

Activities of daily living (ADLs) such as self feeding, hygiene, dressing including functional mobility and transfers required for ADLs
Strength and range of motion for functional use of upper extremities
Endurance/ strength for functional task
Fine motor skills
Visual motor/ visual perceptual skills
Education related to ADLs, energy conservation and home safety

Physical Therapy:

Bed mobility
Ambulation (utilizing walker, crutches, or other assistive devices)
Balance and coordination
Lower extremity strengthening and range of motion
Gross motor skills
Wound care

Speech Language Pathology (Speech Therapy):

Swallowing assessment and treatment, including the availability of x-ray swallow studies (MBS)and instrumental swallow studies at bedside (FEES)
Functional communication including alternative communication
Speech, language and cognitive evaluations and treatment
Swallowing evaluations and speaking valves for patients with a tracheostomy

Recreational Therapy:

Recreation activities to improve physical, mental and emotional well being and help reduce depression, stress and anxiety in the hospital setting.
Assistance with developing new or adapting previous recreation activities as needed following injury

Orthopedic Technicians

Orthopedic technicians are a valuable part of the patient care team. They provide services to all patients at TGH as well as the orthopedic clinics at USF South Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare, located on the TGH campus, and the TGH specialty center, located at Healthpark. The ortho techs complete orders from the physicians for casting, splinting and equipment needed to help aid patient recovery. Orthotic and prosthetic services are available for custom bracing and other prosthetic services.