PP06 - Week Six

Introduction

This is a week split into two halves.  The first half of this week we are going to think about discharge management of the individual with an amputation.  We will consisider patient education in independent ongoing management; resumption of roles in family, recreational and community activities; vocational rehabilitation by assessing and planning vocational activities for the future; plus emotional equilibrium and healthy coping strategies.

The second half of this week you will explore your learning on this course by preparing a case study on one of your patients or based on one of the examples provided.  You will also need to pass the end of course quiz and submit the course evaluation form and competency tool to complete the course.

You can see the online version of the week six email here.

Rachael Lowe from Physiopedia provides an introduction to week six of the course and reviews the final tasks necessary to finish the course. Please note that all these tasks must be completed by Sunday July 19th 2015 to qualify for the 2015 course completion certificate. (Note - watching this video is optional)

Objectives for this week

At the end of this week you should be able to:

  1. Provide individuals with amputation with knowledge for ongoing independent management of their amputation and understand what you should address in their discharge management.
  2. Be able to apply your new knowledge to clinical situations.
  3. Complete the course by submitting your final case study presentation, completing the quiz, competency form and evaluation form.

Topic 1: Discharge management

It is important to consider the full implications of discharge from medical care and aid the individual with limb loss with resumption of roles in family, vocational, recreational and community activities, plus emotional equilibrium and healthy coping strategies.

  1. Read this page - Discharge management of the amputee
  2. Discharge advice - Discharge planning can make all the difference to the long term outcome of the individual with amputation. What are the most important aspects of discharge management of the individual with amputation?  Do you have any patient education leaflets that you can share with your colleagues on this course?
  3. Peer Support - The loss of a limb regardless of the reason will lead to a number of physical and emotional challenges for the new amputee and their loved ones. At this time the support and assistance of family, friends and health care professionals are all important aspects of the recovery and rehabilitation process. However speaking to another amputee who understands what it is like to go through the experience of limb loss can often have a very positive outcome in assisting the new amputee to see that there is life after amputation and that most challenges will be overcome. How important is peer support?  What opportunities are there in your working environment for your patients to interact and help each other?

Final Presentation / Assignment

This presentation task is a required part of the course to gain your completion certificate and accreditation. The case study must be submitted before Sunday July 19th 2015. PLEASE NOTE - You will not be able to submit your case study after this date!

Using the knowledge that you have gained throughout this course you are going to prepare a simple case presentation of one of your own amputee clients OR if you don't currently have amputee clients complete a case assignment based on one of the cases provided below.

You should reflect upon your learning over the past 5 weeks as well as consider the resources we have provided throughout the course.  You should reference your work with appropriate evidence and consider additional information from one of the topics below:  

Please note - that you will not receive a mark for your case presentation / assignment. We will assess the submitted case studies to ensure a minimum standard is achieved before allowing a course completion certificate to be accessed. We are not looking for correct or incorrect answers! We are looking for the implementation of the techniques and skills covered during the course and an engagement with the relevant literature. We will also publish selected case studies on Physiopedia in a new amputee case studies section (these will be published in the latter part of this year) and there will be an award for the best submission.


There are 2 options for this final piece of work:

  1. Prepare a case presentation based on one of your current or past patients.  This is suitable for people who are currently working with individuals with amputation OR
  2. Prepare a case assignment based on one of the cases provided.  This is suitable for people who are not currently working with individuals with amputation.


Option One:

  1. prepare a case presentation based on one of your current or past patients and considering one of the following topics:
  2. prepare your case presentation in this format - Case presentation guide
  3. Submit your case presentation here


Option Two:

  1. prepare a case assignment based on one of the following provided presentations:
  2. prepare your case assignment using this guide - Case assignment guide
  3. Submit your case assignment here

Final Tasks

These tasks are all a required part of the course to gain your completion certificate and accreditation. They must be submitted before Sunday July 19th 2015 to be considered for certification.

  1. Pass the Final Quiz
  2. Repeat the Competency Tool
  3. Complete the Evaluation Form

Course certificates

Make sure you complete all of the course required tasks by Sunday July 19th 2015 at the latest! You will be able to download your course certificate here from Wed 22nd July when a link to a certificate download form will be published. Your completion of the tasks will be automatically checked before the certificate will be made available.

Apply for your 2015 course completion certificate

Optional: Explore other resources

The following resources are optional for you to read/view but will further expand your knowledge on this week's topics:



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The Rehabilitation Series for Lower Extremity Amputees

Free access to these three text books has kindly been provided by Robert and Ann Gailey for the duration of the course:

  1. Prosthetic Gait Training For Lower Extremity Amputees
  2. Balance, Agility, Coordination and Endurance For Lower Extremity Amputees
  3. Stretching and Strengthening For Lower Extremity Amputees

Alternatively you might be interested in having your own copy of the books.

Buy PDFs version of all three books for £4.99 direct from Physiopedia

Additionally you might be interested to purchase the complementary DVDs direct from Robert and Ann Gailey.

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Prosthetic Gait Analysis for Physiotherapists

This is the course textbook from ICRC which will be available to all participants of the course.

Access the book here!

Alternatively you might be interested in having your own copy of the book.

Download your own FREE copy here

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Therapy for Amputees

This course textbook has kindly been provided by Elsevier and will be available to all participants of the course for FREE for the duration of the course.

Access the book here! (this will be made available for free for the duration of the course)

Alternatively you might be interested in having your own copy of the book.

Buy with 20% discount by clicking here!!

Buy PDF version for £4.99 direct from Physiopedia