Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services
ASoC Special Programs
VA has partnered with the Amputee Coalition (AC) to develop a Peer Visitation Program for Veterans. AC has trained over 20 VA instructors across the nation who can now train Veterans to be peer visitors. This program has been extremely successful at Walter Reed and was identified as the second most important part of rehabilitation, just behind physical therapy, by Servicemembers with amputations.
- inMotion Magazine (A publication fo the Amputee Coalition)
VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) collaborated on the development of the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline: Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation and VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline For the Management of Upper Extremity Amputation Rehabilitation. These groundbreaking amputation clinical practice guidelines provide clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations on the rehabilitation process in lower and upper limb amputations. As rehabilitation practice evolves, new technology and more research will improve rehabilitation care in the future. These clinical practice guidelines can assist in identifying priorities for research efforts and the allocation of resources.
VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline: Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation
- VHA Office of Quality and Performance: Amputation Clinical Practice Guideline
The DoD and VA also collaborated on, The Next Step, an amputation patient education handbook. This is a premier publication that has received extensive positive feedback from Veterans, Servicemembers, and clinicians. It is now available for distribution through the Talent Management System.
Telehealth is a vital component in the Amputation System of Care (ASoC). VHA's Telehealth Services and Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Services have collaborated on the development of a Telehealth Amputation Program. Telehealth is used to connect all 4 components of amputation care as well as extending amputation specialty care to VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Telehealth is about providing the right care, at the right place, at the right time. The goal of telehealth is to improve access to specialty amputation care closer to the Veterans home.
VA's Polytrauma System of Care is located here: http://www.polytrauma.va.gov/
Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence
The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, Veterans Health Administration and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs extremity trauma and amputee care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes.