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Rehabilitation of Peripheral Nerve Injuries in Disasters and Conflicts

Online Course: Rehabilitation of Peripheral Nerve Injuries in Disasters and Conflicts

Learn about the assessment and management of peripheral nerve damage during crisis situations

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Peripheral nerve injuries, one of the leading causes of long-term impairment following disasters and conflicts, are commonly missed in the case of poly-trauma, with rehabilitation professionals often the first to recognise it and provide assessment and treatment. This course will examine assessment and treatment considerations for peripheral nerve injuries and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge about the guiding principles for assessment and treatment of peripheral nerve injuries in disasters and conflicts, while maintaining professional standards of care. You will also learn to appreciate 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 Peripheral Nerve Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Splinting
  3. Case Study 1: Upper Limb Peripheral Nerve Injury
  4. Case Study 2: Lower Limb Peripheral Nerve Injury

Target audience

This programme 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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