Answers to Popular Questions

Check out the Practice Advice frequently asked questions and videos.

FAQs: Consent

  • As a PT, I've often heard that consent is a conversation, not a form. What exactly does that mean?

  • What is a lock box?

FAQs: Controlled Acts

  • Do I need to roster for each controlled act or can I roster once for all of them?

  • Can I delegate O2 titration to a physiotherapist assistant (PTA)?

  • The PTA will need to switch the patient from the wall supply to a portable O2 tank, and stay at 2 L/min. Does this require delegation?

  • I have a patient who is on 2 LPM (L/min) of oxygen by nasal prongs. I want to assign gait training to a physiotherapist assistant (PTA). The PTA will need to switch the patient from the wall supply to a portable O2 tank, and stay at 2 L/min.

  • Are physiotherapists allowed to increase a patient’s supplemental O2 level (via nasal prongs) to keep their O2 sats up during ambulation or exercise?

FAQs: Ethical Dilemmas

  • I believe my patient is suicidal. Can I break confidentiality and do something?

  • Are PTs required to report patients with medical, cognitive or physical conditions which might cause unsafe driving?

FAQs: Relationships & Boundaries

  • I don’t understand why PTs can’t date their patients. If we’re all consenting adults then what’s the big deal?

  • I think my co-worker is dating one of her patients

  • One of my patients is very flirtatious. I think she likes me.

  • A PT student on a placement with me has been regularly having coffee with one of the patients. What should I do?

FAQs: Working with Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs)

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