Flashcards in Amputation Deck (5)
What are the major complications of having an amputation performed?
Infections, skin breakdowns, phantom limb pain, joint contractures
What is the positioning for post-op care?
AKA (above the knee) amputation
Elevate first 24 hours, then prone position twice daily to prevent hip flexion
BKA (Below the knee) amputation
Elevate foot of bed first 24 hours, then prone position twice daily to prevent hip flexion
What should you encourage?
Expressing feelings about lost limb