Jennifer Sharp, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Jennifer J. Sharp PT, DPT, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Board-Certified Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Clinical Specialist._x000D_ Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Jennifer Sharp graduated from Emory University in 2011 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and received her board-certification as a cardiovascular & pulmonary clinical specialist in 2018. After graduation, Jennifer began working at Emory University Hospital Midtown and was an instrumental part of creating and sustaining a progressive early mobility program within the medical intensive care unit. While working for Emory Healthcare._x000D_ Dr. Sharp joined the Emory University School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2018. She teaches and coordinates five different courses within the Emory DPT curriculum including General Medical Condition, Advanced Acute Care, Advanced Oncology, and an immersive interprofessional critical care simulation elective combining 9th semester DPT students with 4th-year medical students on their critical care clerkship. _x000D_ Dr. Sharp serves as the Membership Chair for the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the APTA Georgia leadership team as the Acute Care Focused Interest Network Chair. She has presented at regional, national, and international meetings on early mobilization in the ICU as well as immersive simulation to prepare entry-level professionals for the ICU.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Introduction: Every year in the United States, more than 5.7 million patients are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), of which 25-50% develop ICU-acquired weakness (ICU-AW), defined as new onset weakness that occurs during critical illness. Patients with ICU-AW have worse outcomes including increased mortality, longer hospitalizations, worse quality of life years after they leave the ICU, and greater healthcare costs. Early mobilization is a low-risk strategy associated with improvement in ICU-AW, and society guidelines recommend a multidisciplinary approach, including physical…