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Amputee Program

A physical therapist assists an amputee into her bed.

A new amputation is a life changing event that can affect everyday tasks and life including, but not limited to, mobility, self-care tasks, pain management, recreational activities, residual limb wound care, transportation, etc. At Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, we know how important it is to address all of these areas as we try to help our patients get back to their everyday lives.

Rehabilitation After An Amputation

A physical therapists supports a patient.

Support, when you need it

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Rehabilitation after an amputation requires an intensive multidisciplinary approach. Our integrated and intensive program is designed to help patients adjust physically and psychologically in order to return to full active lives. The team will work with the patient to improve his or her strength, endurance, balance and mobility. When the patient is ready, we will also perform prosthetic fit and training.

Our experienced staff is trained to work with patients who have suffered an amputation and have advanced therapeutic skills to maximize outcomes toward recovery. Our program offers an amputee support group monthly that can be attended while in rehab and can be continued once at home.

Spotlight on Our Amputation Program

  • Community re-integration program to work on your ability to function in the community.
  • Amputee support group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 3:45 for patients and caregivers.
  • TAP Program (Teach A Patient) – you will receive a personalized binder with education material, such as medication education, home safety, follow-up appointments, home exercise programs, etc.
  • Home evaluations as needed
  • Transition Room – You and your team may decide to have you stay in a transition room. This will allow you to be more independent in an apartment-like setting as you prepare for discharge to home.
  • Family training – Your caregiver will be asked to participate during therapy sessions and/or nursing care to prepare you for home.
  • Team conference meetings held weekly to include the entire care team, patient and family to discuss progress and plan of care.
  • Prosthetist – Our team works closely with a prosthetist to begin prosthetic fitting as soon as your surgeon indicates to begin and this prosthetist service will continue once you are home or in an outpatient setting.
  • Peer visitation
  • Physical therapist will train you to improve your mobility and strength.
  • Occupational therapist will focus on improving your everyday living skills such as bathing, dressing, skin inspection, home management skills.
  • Rehabilitation nurses – we have 15+ nurses with specialty certification in rehab nursing (CRRN).
  • Therapeutic passes and community outings to assist with getting back into community living.
  • Continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Driver’s rehabilitation as an outpatient

Amputee Outcomes 2017

Tidelands Health

Weighted National Average

Total Patients

44

N/A

Discharged to Home

91% 

73%

Discharged to Hospital

2%

12%

Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facility

7%

15%

Average Length of Stay (days)

12

14

Average Age

62

62

FIM Level at Admit

39.30

37.20

*FIM Level at Discharge

59.68

55.77

Female

20%

30%

Male

80%

70%

FIM= Functional Independence Measure. FIM is used to track the changes in functional ability of a patient during an episode of hospital rehabilitative care. The higher the score, the greater the increase in function. Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital patients demonstrated greater functional gains when compared to weighted national averages.

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