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Patient safety in the rehabilitation of the adult with an amputation.

Latlief G, Elnitsky C, Hart-Hughes S, Phillips SL, Adams-Koss L, Kent R, Highsmith MJ. Patient safety in the rehabilitation of the adult with an amputation. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2012 May 1; 23(2):377-92.

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This article reviews and summarizes the literature on patient safety issues in the rehabilitation of adults with an amputation. Safety issues in the following areas are discussed; the prosthesis, falls, wound care, pain, and treatment of complex patients. Specific recommendations for further research and implementation strategies to prevent injury and improve safety are also provided. Communication between interdisciplinary team members and patient and caregiver education are crucial to executing a safe treatment plan. The multidisciplinary rehabilitation team members should feel comfortable discussing safety issues with patients and be able to recommend preventive approaches to patients as appropriate.

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