M4L5_Overview_Soldier Prosthesis

This lesson will explore the following topics:

In this lesson, the student will learn the basic procedures for prosthetic fitting as well as the different types of prostheses used for individuals with amputations. Information on maintenance, follow-up and replacement schedules will be introduced. Students will also become familiar with special considerations for pediatric prosthetic fitting.

  • Describe the procedure for prosthetic fitting
  • Explain the different types of prostheses used
  • Understand the maintenance and follow-ups necessary for appropriate prosthetic fitting
  • Understand the unique issues related to prosthetic fitting for children with amputations
  • Be able to discuss the increased energy expenditure requirements of individuals with Below Knee versus Above Knee amputations when ambulating with their prosthesis.

Learning Activities

1.     Listen to:

This audio lecture will review a brief history of prosthetic devices and acquaint the student with upper and lower extremity prostheses. Keys for successful treatment are also identified.

2.     Read (click links):

3.     Read:

  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (2nd edition), Chapter 12: “Life Care Planning for the Amputee” (pgs. 289-293)
  • If you have Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition), Chapter 12: “Life Care Planning for the Amputee” (pgs. 330-336)

This portion of chapter 12 reviews the components of prosthesis and the prescriptions generally given for the different levels of amputation. The authors also review the complications, costs, and replacement of prosthesis.

4.     Read:

  • If you have Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition, 2011, Read Pages 595-600 of Chapter 23: “Life Care Planning for the Child with an Amputation”
  • If you have Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, First Edition, 2004, Read pgs. 683-687 of Chapter 30: “Life Care Planning for the Child with an Amputation”

In developing a life care plan for a child with an amputation, the life care planner must recognize the essential differences between prosthetic development for the adult and prosthetic development for the child. This section will discuss the essential differences between adults and children with amputations, the frequency of prosthetic changes required due to growth, and the use of arm and leg prostheses in children.

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