Patient rehabilitation following lower limb amputation
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Patient rehabilitation following lower limb amputation

Maria Kelly Staff nurse, University College Hospital, Galway Midwifery, Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Maura Dowling Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Patient rehabilitation following lower limb amputation is essential to provide optimum patient outcomes and to improve the amputee’s quality of life. The age of the patient and the stump length or level of amputation emerge as dominant factors affecting the outcome of rehabilitation. A variety of outcome measures are available to assess the patient’s rehabilitative potential to maximise functional ability. This article focuses on the factors affecting rehabilitation, outcome measures to assess rehabilitative potential and the nurse’s role in providing care for patients following lower limb amputation.

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Nursing Standard. 22, 49,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.08.22.49.35.c6638

Published in print: 13 August 2008

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review