Acute Care 101: Lines, Leads, and Lab Values Oh My!


Kathryn Campbell photo

Kathryn Campbell, M.S., OTR/L

Kellan Quigley photo

Kellan Quigley, MS, OTR/L

Lauren Vaziri photo

Lauren Vaziri, MOT, OTR/L

Annie Wendig photo

Annie Wendig, MOT, OTR/L

Becky A Piazza

Becky A Piazza OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR

Clinical Assistant Professor

Becky Piazza, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Occupational Therapy, having previously worked as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) and Clinical Instructor at the University of St. Augustine’s Florida St. Augustine campus (2019-2020). Becky previously served as the Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy and Recreational Therapy at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital (2002-2019) and was the lead occupational therapist for the UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases multidisciplinary concussion clinic (2018 – 2020). She served as the Florida representative to AOTA’s Representative Assembly (2015-2017) and as the Region 3 Regional Representative for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (2013 – 2015). Becky coordinated the North Central Florida Occupational Therapy Forum from 2012 – 2017 and founded the Annual Speed Dating with an OT event. Becky specializes in adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has been a practicing occupational therapist within adult physical dysfunction since graduating from UF in 2001. She received her post professional master’s degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in 2014 and her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Chatham University in 2018. Becky received the 2013 Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium’s Outstanding Fieldwork Educator of the Year award, the 2014 Florida Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Recognition, was granted board certification in physical rehab through AOTA in 2016 and received the 2019 University of Florida Occupational Therapy Sandra Edwards Colloquium Outstanding Clinical Contributions Award and the 2019 University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy Outstanding Alumni Award.

Lines, leads, and lab values oh my! The world of inpatient acute care can be medically complex, intimidating, and difficult to navigate with an occupation-based approach. Have no fear! Our panel of occupational therapy advanced practitioners are here to help! These wizards of acute care best practices represent four different healthcare organizations across the state and will share their expertise in how to prepare for and succeed as a level II fieldwork student, as an entry level clinician, or as an experienced clinician who is new to the acute care setting. The panel will identify evidence-based resources and tools to empower clinical competencies and confidence, share acute care case studies in the acute care context of clients and student scenarios, outline clinical competencies and soft skills required for acute care clinical readiness, and showcase program development and quality initiatives in their respective settings to elevate an occupation based approach within the interdisciplinary culture of acute care practice.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for entry level occupational therapists as well as other professionals with an interest in inpatient acute care and rehabilitation.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the culture of interdisciplinary inpatient acute clinical practice.
  • Recognize the entry-level competencies required for success in the inpatient acute environment.
  • Describe lines, leads, and lab values.
  • Demonstrate and implement assessment and intervention tools and strategies for success in inpatient acute.
  • Prioritize knowledge, competencies, and resources to master for success in inpatient acute.
  • Examine success and failure case studies of level II students and new clinicians, and relate this to clinical readiness for the inpatient acute environment.
  • Develop OT driven initiatives to elevate an occupation-based approach in acute care

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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