Lower Limb Amputee Assessment and Post-op Management
Ideally rehabilitation will begin prior to amputation surgery. As a minimum, it should start immediately following surgery. This course will help you to understand both the pre- and post-amputation assessment as well as the initial management of this patient. It will also cover other crucial considerations during this period, such as avoiding and treating complications, post-amputation pain, and the related emotional and psychological reactions. Finally the risks and consequences of falling are reviewed with strategies to reduce this risk.
The aim of this course is to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the pre-and post-amputation assessment and management of the patient in the acute phase
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Pre- and Post-op Assessment
- Post-op Management
- Emotional and Psychological Reactions to Amputation
- Fall Prevention
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 3.5-4 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 3.5 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Discuss the importance of pre-and post operative assessment
- Identify at least 7 aspects of the physical pre/post operative assessment
- Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the 4 post amputation dressing types
- Discuss the use of at least 3 types of assistive equipment following amputation surgery
- Justify how the major 5 complications after amputation surgery can be prevented and managed
- Plan a comprehensive fall prevention education program for patients with limb loss both in the in- and out-patient setting