Treating lower limb amputation…register now for free online access12th August 2015
Amputation surgery can be traumatic and life-changing for patients and many struggle to come to terms with the loss of a limb. Wounds that fail to heal following surgery can impact on the rehabilitation process and it is important to provide the correct management for these wounds to facilitate healing and enable the patient to work towards mobilisation.
Equipping community nurses with the knowledge and skills to assist patients in managing their residual limbs can improve the time from amputation to ambulation. Similarly, overcoming problems with patients’ skin; achieving properly fitting prostheses; and managing the ‘wear and tear’ of prosthetic limbs are all challenging aspects in the management of this patient group.
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