Equipment and Reference Resources
Below is a list of equipment and resources that may be helpful in delivery evidence-based practices. Please note that some links are affiliate links and iKT may receive a small fee for referrals. This income helps to support free online resources provided by iKT.
Books and References
Upper-Extremity Task-Specific Training After Stroke or Disability
Task-specific training has emerged as an effective intervention for relearning a motor skill when used by itself or in combination with other interventions. Evidence supports the use of active, repetitive practice of functional activities to restore motor control and gain the capacity to complete important functions for daily life.
Drawing on decades of clinical research and practice, this practical manual describes how to effectively integrate task-specific training into occupational therapy and physical therapy interventions. Included are 100 self-care, productivity, and leisure task examples, each of which describes the key impairments that the task addresses, materials needed to perform the task, ways to make the task more or less difficult, how to determine task mastery, and ideas for related tasks.
Heart Rate Monitors
Nonin PalmSat 2500a
Advantages: also measures oxygen saturation
Disadvantages: higher cost ($600-800), audible beep with heart rates > 100 bpm (can be turned off in settings, but has to be done each time)
Requires iPod/smartphone for real-time heart rate feedback
Advantages: relatively low cost ($70-80), less personal than placing H10
Disadvantages: occasionally flips over during movement resulting in inaccurate readings (can wrap coband to fix)
Requires iPod/mobile device
Advantages: relatively low cost ($70)
Disadvantages: Needs to be placed on bare chest (occasionally under lower end of bra), rare instances of inability to get reading due to shape of patient's chest