Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)

NEW!  Supplemental Oxygen Utilization During Physical Therapy Interventions Pocket Guide

  • Key Points
  • Diagnosis
    • Table: Signs/Symptoms of Hypoxemia
  • Treatment
  • Tables
    • Indications for Long-term Supplemental Oxygen Therapy
    • Pulse Oximetry Monitoring Considerations
    • Typical Oxygen Delivery Service
    • Methods of Supplemental Oxygen Delivery
    • Need for Supplemental Oxygen During Air Travel
  • Algorithm
    • Decision-Making Regarding Supplemental Oxygen

To access the new resource (Free for Academy members), click here.
Non-Academy Member Access, click here.

NEW!  Adult Vital Sign Interpretation in Acute Care Guide 2021
Released April 2021

APTA Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy collaborated with the APTA Acute Care Practice Committee, developing a joint task force to create this new clinical resource guide. While the clinical vital signs (VS) guide is targeted for users in acute care, this resource applies to any patient with acute medical issues, as commonly presents in post-acute settings such as home health or inpatient rehabilitation. This resource addresses pharmacologic effects on vital signs, vital sign guidelines in intensive care, as well as special populations such as diabetes, acute neurological issues, chronic pulmonary disease, heart failure, oncology and more. 

The resource is FREE but must be "purchased" by clicking -- ACCESS TO ADULT VS IN ACUTE CARE GUIDE 2021. (This allows us to track usage and contact users with any updates)

Other Guidelines:

Role of Physical Therapists in the Management of Individuals at Risk for or Diagnosed With Venous Thromboembolism: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

Supplemental Oxygen Utilization During Physical Therapy Interventions

Physical Therapist Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Individuals With Heart Failure