Facing Limb Loss‚ Part 2 - PT539

Facing Limb Loss‚ Part 2

Hope for the Future

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Edward Hansen, MSN, RN
(4.4 / 852 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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About 2 million Americans already have some form of limb loss, and more than 185,000 new amputations are done each year. Most people who experience limb loss are candidates for prosthetic replacement of their limb. A prosthetist is a skilled professional who designs or fabricates artificial limbs using a variety of synthetic materials. The prosthetist considers many issues in fabricating prosthesis. Factors to be considered include the amputation level, the contour of the residual limb, the patient’s lifestyle needs and financial resources. Health issues such as balance and strength, activity intolerance due to other medical conditions, impaired cognition or other neurological deficits, sensorimotor problems due to peripheral nerve dysfunction and visual impairments all need to be considered for individual patients. This updated module provides an overview about limb loss and the considerations for prosthetic replacement.


The goal of this limb loss continuing education program is to provide nurses and physical therapists with information about how to support people who have experienced limb loss. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe learning tasks that are associated with using a prosthesis
  • Discuss issues related to the use of a lower-extremity and an upper-extremity prosthesis
  • Discuss advances in prosthetic technology

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/18.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S0545 for 04/11/11 to 04/11/12, 12S1151 for 04/12/12 to 04/12/13, 13S0239 for 04/13/13 to 04/13/14; 14S0408 for 04/14/14 to 04/14/15; 15S0754 for 04/12/15 to 04/12/16; 16S1769 for 04/13/16 to 04/13/17; 17S0873 for 04/14/17 to 04/14/18; 18S0781 for 4/15/18 to 4/15/19).
The FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP110017001, expiration date 12/31/11; CP120417120 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019713 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021495 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023816 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27236 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-309645 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-309645 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 3682 for 4/11/11 to 4/10/12, 4373 for 04/11/12 to 04/10/13, 4852 for 04/11/13 to 04/10/14; 5503 for 04/11/14 to 04/10/15; 6091 for 04/11/15 to 04/10/16; 2016-174 for 04/11/16 to 04/10/17; 2017-068 for 04/11/17 to 04/10/18; 2018-031 for 4/11/18 to 4/10/19).
The PA Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002041 for 4/11/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003878 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007027 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010041 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 934-2010, expiration date 01/31/12; 181-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 197-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-361 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-206 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/01/11 to 03/01/15; 03/16/15 to 03/16/19.
The NV State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3740 for 04/01/11 to 04/01/12, 437-4346 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13, 437-4652 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 4/11/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/25/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/25/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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John C - Murphy, TX  ·  Sep 21, 2018
great course for refreshment
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Renee C - franklin square, NY  ·  Sep 07, 2018
eye opening information
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Maureen A - southbury, CT  ·  Aug 31, 2018
interesting and informational
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Kaitlin F - Cicero, NY  ·  Aug 27, 2018
Nice course will recommend
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MICHELLE D - baytown, TX  ·  Aug 22, 2018
Good information about UE prostheses
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