Dozens of occupational therapists from Haifa and the north came to the Department of Occupational Therapy at Rambam Health Care Campus for a seminar about new rehabilitation protocols following hand tendon repair surgery.
Medical advances in the surgical and rehabilitation methods for hand surgery recently introduced at Rambam Health Care Campus have highlighted a critical need – incorporating these new methods at occupational therapy clinics in surrounding communities to assure treatment continuity after discharge from the hospital. As such, dozens of occupational therapists from Haifa and around the north visited Rambam for a seminar organized by the staff of the Department of Occupational Therapy, directed by Margalit Samuel, in collaboration with the Hand Surgery Unit under the direction of Dr. Dan Hutt. The meeting included a lecture by Dr. Daniel Dreyfus, Senior Hand Surgeon in the department, and lectures from representatives of different occupational therapy clinics regarding the rehabilitation required following the new surgical practices.
Hospital staff and occupational teams from around the country were provided with unique networking opportunities. Discussions focused on improving continuity of treatment and ensuring a smooth transfer from hospitalization to occupational therapy within the community.
Notes Shirley Zelig Gutkind, an occupational therapist in Rambam’s Department of Occupational Therapy, “The reactions to the meeting have been very positive, both in terms of exposure to current knowledge and the connection between the hospital and the community. This direct communication channel provides high availability for consultations for the staff in the community, improves the therapeutic continuity, reduces bureaucratic barriers, and creates a common professional connection. As a result, our patients have shorter rehabilitation times and a quicker return to optimal hand function and participation in the day-to-day activities that are significant to them.”
Dr. Dan Hutt, Director of the Hand Surgery Unit at Rambam