Online Course
Rehabilitation of Amputations in Disasters and Conflicts
Gain insight into the guiding principles for assessing and treating patients with limb loss during crisis situations

2.5-3 hours





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Amputations are common in both disasters and conflicts, but they occur for different reasons. In disasters, limb amputation often occurs as a result of crush injuries, while in conflicts they are generally weapon-related injuries. This course will explore the general indications for amputation and highlight the assessment and treatment considerations pre- and post-amputation. It will also highlight some common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


This course aims to increase your knowledge about the guiding principles for assessing and treating amputations in disasters and conflicts. It also aims to discuss the higher risk of secondary complications in conflicts and disasters, due to factors associated with disrupted health systems and issues of access.


This course is made up of videos, reading activities, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Considerations for Early Rehabilitation of Amputations in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Case Study

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 2.5-3 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 2.6 Plus 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:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify important characteristics about different causes of amputations
  • explain the decision-making factors and the impact on rehabilitation of different amputation surgical procedures
  • list the primary objectives for assessment and management during the pre-amputation, post-amputation and pre-prosthetic phase
  • discuss the complications associated with amputations in disasters and conflicts
  • choose the correct early rehabilitation interventions for a patient with an amputation in disasters and conflicts


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Featured reviews
It is a great way to refresh what you have already learnt. In addition, this course keeps you informed about the situation in case disaster or conflict breaks out near your home!
Sharon Muchoki
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