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Medical Exercise Specialists welcome back to Day 15 of “40 Days to Medical Exercise Success”. Today our topic is “establishing MET protocols for the 10 most common conditions you manage”. Some don’t like “protocols”. Protocols are simply roadmaps. They are not carved in stone or inflexible. They are guidelines to assessment procedures, target muscle groups, MET criteria, MET goals, progression phases., etc. We have used the PREPS Post Rehab Protocols since we started teaching the Medical Exercise Specialist workshop in 1994.

Protocols are the bacbone of all aspects of medical care. An example of utilization of protocols to enhance medical care is found in “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande, MD of Johns Hopkins University. The establishment of a standardized protocol regarding the use of gowns, masks, etc in the surgical ICU is illistrated in this text. The importance of the use of protocols to standardize care and reduce negative outcomes is shown.

The use of protocols will enhance your outcomes and make your practice more efficient. This also will help you grow your practice. Protocols are not creative eliminators…they just help you cross all the T’s and dot the I’s.

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