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Rehabilitation of Amputations in Disasters and Conflicts

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

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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.

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