Caring for patients with limb amputation
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Caring for patients with limb amputation

Anila Virani Doctoral student, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
Jane Werunga Doctoral student, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
Carol Ewashen Associate professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
Theresa Green Associate professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

This article provides an overview of the care of patients undergoing limb amputation. Absence of a limb can be congenital or the result of trauma or complications of chronic diseases. While the economic burden of limb amputation is significant, nurses have an important role in limiting other losses attributable to limb loss, such as long-term disability leading to loss of employment and delayed return to work or school. Comprehensive nursing assessments and appropriate interventions, pre and post-operatively, as well as early discharge planning and community reintegration can help avoid some of these losses. Nurses should be aware of the resources available in communities and work in multidisciplinary teams to ensure optimal outcomes for patients following limb amputation and their families.

Nursing Standard. 30, 6,51-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.6.51.s47

Correspondence

avirani@ucalgary.ca

Peer review

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Received: 28 November 2014

Accepted: 30 June 2015