Welcome to the first issue of 2015 and the first issue published by Wolters Kluwer! This issue highlights the variety of practice that is cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. First, we have a study examining the influence of pre-operative functional status on post-operative length of stay following open heart surgery. It is important for physical therapists to determine predictors of outcomes that are related to mobility, as few, if any other disciplines examine this aspect of patient care.
Teaching the next generation of physical therapists is also a big part of our identity as a Section. We have two papers examining teaching techniques: one a very high-tech simulation format and the other a low-tech model to illustrate a difficult concept. Together, these papers highlight creative use of equipment and facilities to improve student learning.
Case studies are also important ways to illustrate challenges and rewards of clinical practice. In this issue, we have a case of a patient on long-term mechanical ventilation who received physical therapy care in her home. The authors discuss how the ICF model can be applied to this situation to illustrate these challenges and opportunities for the patient to optimally function in her preferred environment.
I hope you find these articles to be thought-provoking and applicable to your research, teaching and clinical practice.
Anne K. Swisher PT, PhD, CCS