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Facing Limb Loss‚ Part 1  - PT538

Facing Limb Loss‚ Part 1

Helping Patients Regain Function

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Edward Hansen, MSN, RN
(4.4 / 599 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


About 2 million Americans already have some form of limb loss, and more than 185,000 new amputations are done each year. The primary causes of acquired limb loss are diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, trauma, infection and cancer. About 90% of amputations done in the United States are lower extremity amputations. Part 1 of this series outlines causes of limb loss, amputation procedures, postoperative care and rehabilitation, including the role healthcare providers as a team play in helping patients regain function and prevent further amputation. People who experience limb loss may interact with healthcare providers in multiple settings, so healthcare providers across disciplines need to be well informed about it.


The goal of this limb loss continuing education module is to provide nurses and physical therapists with information about caring for people who have limb loss. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • State the primary causes of limb loss
  • Describe the types of amputation, including terminology for amputation levels
  • Identify the role healthcare providers as a team play in helping patients with amputation regain function and prevent further limb loss

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 or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York 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 Texas. The assignment of Texas 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 California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S0481 for 03/14/11 to 03/14/12, 12S0175 for 03/15/12 to 03/15/13, 13S0241 for 03/15/13 to 03/15/14; 14S0409 for 03/16/14 to 03/16/15; 15S0757 for 03/17/15 to 03/17/16; 18S0780 for 3/20/18 to 3/20/19)
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval CP110317040 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CP120016918 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019782 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021430 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024016 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27021 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538154 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538154 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18)
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 3652 for 3/14/11 to 3/13/12, 4143 for 03/14/12 to 03/13/13, 4851 for 03/14/13 to 03/13/14; 5502 for 03/14/14 to 03/13/15; 6090 for 03/14/15 to 03/13/16; 2016-28 for 03/14/16 to 03/13/17; 2017-067 for 03/14/17 to 03/13/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002040 for 3/14/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003877 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007026 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010040 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 850-2010 for 03/15/11 to 01/31/12, 131-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 196-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-263 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 02/10/11 to 02/10/15; 03/16/15 to 03/16/19.
The Nevada 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 Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3712 for 03/01/11 to 03/01/12, 437-4078 for 03/01/12 to 03/01/13, 437-4624 for 03/01/13 to 03/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Profes­sional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent 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: 6/24/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/24/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/24/2018


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Tiffany F - Lakeland, FL  ·  Jun 24, 2018
It was educational and informative. Most of the information was new to me!
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MELANIE N - Baytown, TX  ·  Jun 17, 2018
Very informative as it presents current data and trend about the topic
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CHRISTINE K - Baytown, TX  ·  Jun 06, 2018
Good information about amuptees, including the military perspective, which I don't see, but found information useful.
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Anna H - Denton, TX  ·  Jun 05, 2018
good course, and very informative
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Desiann A - Lakeland, FL  ·  May 31, 2018
The course was nice and succinct
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