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A DEPICTION OF REHABILITATION PATIENTS 65 YEARS AND YOUNGER WITH DYSVASCULAR LOWER EXTREMITY AMPUTATION

CANADIAN PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS JOURNAL ; doi:10.33137/cpoj.v2i1.31950

Abstract: BACKGROUND: The majority of lower limb amputations (LLA) in Canada are dysvascular due to complications of diabetes and/or vascular disease. Traditionally dysvascular amputations have occurred in the elderly. With younger onset of adult diabetes, amputations are now occurring in non-geriatric populations. An understanding of younger patients with dysvascular LLA is needed to determine their risk factors, and unique health and psychosocial challenges. OBJECTIVES: To obtain a depiction of the key demographic and impairment characteristics of adults 65 years and younger with dysvascular LLA undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective chart review was completed on inpatient adult amputation rehabilitation patients over a five year period. Data extracted included socio-demographics, Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores, co-morbidities, and discharge outcomes. FINDINGS: One hundred and forty-three patients who were 65 years and younger were included, which represented almost a quarter of all admissions. Most patients were male (79%) with an average age of 55 years old (SD=8). The majority (72%) were unemployed. The mean number of co-morbidities was 5.2 (SD=8.2). Individuals discharged home (n=122) had higher (p
Keywords: diabetes / functional / adult / inpatient / extremity / amputations / Lla / Years and Younger / Dysvascular

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