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Florida Physical Therapy Delegation to Aides
What can an aide
Unlicensed Supportive Personnel may be utilized to help in the treatment being provided by a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant.
What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
Those activities that require the special knowledge, judgment, and skills of the physical therapist, which include:
Those activities that require the special knowledge, judgment, and skills of the physical therapist assistant, which include:
What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?
It is the sole responsibility of the physical therapist to consider the task delegated, select the appropriately trained personnel to perform the task, communicate the task or activity desired of the unlicensed personnel, verify the understanding by the unlicensed personnel chosen for the task or activity, and establish procedures for the monitoring of the tasks or activities delegated.
The physical therapist shall retain ultimate responsibility for the patient’s physical therapy treatment.
Any delegation of treatment to supportive personnel shall be done with consideration of the education, training, and experience of the support personnel. It is the sole responsibility of the physical therapist to define and delineate the education, training, and experience required to perform duties within the physical therapy practice setting, in writing as a part of the practice policies and procedures.
Education and Training
Education entails a technical or professional degree or certification in a specific practice area providing for background and experience.
Qualification by training is the learning of tasks performed and delegated to individuals within the physical therapy practice.
Competency is demonstrated ability to carry out specific functions with reasonable skill and safety. It is the responsibility of the physical therapist to assure competency in delegated skills relative to the tasks delegated.
What type of supervision is required?
Direct supervision under a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
Patient progress notes. The unlicensed personnel may document tasks and activities of patients during the patient treatment.
Fla. Admin. Code § 64B17-6.001