Amputees Lost in the COVID-19 Shuffle
Medscape: “COVID-19-induced Vascular Inflammation Behind Mortality Risk.”
Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: “Coagulopathy in COVID-19.”
Circulation: “Reducing Nontraumatic Lower-Extremity Amputations by 20% by 2030: Time to Get to Our Feet: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association.”
European Journal of Applied Physiology: “Effect of speed on the energy cost of walking in unilateral traumatic lower limb amputees.”
Gait and Posture: “The energy expenditure of normal and pathologic gait.”
American Medical Association: Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual: Durable Medical Equipment, Medical Supplies, and Nutritional Products Handbook.”
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation.”
The American Journal of Surgery: “Outcomes of major lower extremity amputations in dysvascular patients: Room for improvement.”
PM&R: “Prosthesis Use and Satisfaction Among Persons With Dysvascular Lower Limb Amputations Across Postacute Care Discharge Settings,” “Redefining Pathways into Acute Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Crisis,” “Prosthesis Use and Satisfaction Among Persons With Dysvascular Lower Limb Amputations Across Postacute Care Discharge Settings.”
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “Rehabilitation Setting and Associated Mortality and Medical Stability Among Persons With Amputations,” “Factors Influencing Receipt of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Among Veterans Following Lower Extremity Amputation,” “Enabling Factors Related to Prosthetic Use by People With Transtibial and Transfemoral Amputation,” “The prevalence and risk factors of falling and fear of falling among lower extremity amputees,” “Depressive symptoms and mental health service utilization among persons with limb loss: Results of a national survey,” “The Amputee Mobility Predictor: An instrument to assess determinants of the lower-limb amputee’s ability to ambulate,” “Survey of U.S. Practitioners on the Validity of the Medicare Functional Classification Level System and Utility of Clinical Outcome Measures for Aiding K-Level Assignment.”
Skilled Nursing News: “How COVID-19 Units Helped Nursing Homes Weather the Storm — and How They Can Fight the Flu This Fall.”
ATI Advisory: “Chart Book: Preliminary COVID-19 Medicare Claims Analysis, March 2021.”
JD Supra: “Key Provisions of the CARES Act for Healthcare Providers.”
JAMA Surgery: “Survival Analysis in Amputees Based on Physical Independence Grade Achievement.”
International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing: “A prospective study of short-term functional outcome after dysvascular major lower limb amputation.”
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine: “Predicting walking ability following lower limb amputation: A systematic review of the literature.”
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development: “Effects of prosthetic limb prescription on 3-year mortality among Veterans with lower-limb amputation,” “Prosthesis use in persons with lower- and upper-limb amputation,” “Predicting prosthetic prescription after major lower-limb amputation,” “Comparison of nonmicroprocessor knee mechanism versus C-Leg on Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire, stumbles, falls, walking tests, stair descent, and knee preference.”
Kaiser Family Foundation: “Medicaid Benefits: Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices.”
Amputee Coalition: “Fact Sheet: ACA Marketplace 2021 Special Enrollment Period.”
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: “Benchmarking Residual Limb Pain and Phantom Limb Pain in Amputees through a Patient-reported Outcomes Survey.”
International Journal of the Care of the Injured: “Anxiety and depression following traumatic limb amputation: A systematic review.”
Disability and Rehabilitation: “Psychosocial adjustment to lower-limb amputation: A review.”
Prosthetics and Orthotics International: “Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and wellbeing,” “Prosthetists’ perceptions and use of outcome measures in clinical practice,” “Influence of gait training and prosthetic foot category on external work symmetry during unilateral transtibial amputee gait.”
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal: “Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Amputee Rehabilitation Program: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.”
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Lower Limb Prosthetic Workgroup Consensus Document.”
Demetrios Macris, MD, vascular surgeon, Peripheral Vascular Associates, San Antonio, TX.
Alberto Esquenazi, MD, rehabilitation medicine doctor, Temple University, Philadelphia.
Kelly Kempe, MD, vascular surgeon, University of Oklahoma, Norman.
Olamide Alabi, MD, vascular surgeon, Emory University, Atlanta.
Yitzhak Langer, prosthetist, Presque Isle Medical, Maryland.
Shlomo Heifetz, director of operations, Presque Isle Medical.
Sean Harrison, patient advocate, Hanger Clinic, Austin, TX.
Robert Gailey, PhD, prosthetist and professor, University of Miami.
Matthew Major, PhD, prosthetist and associate professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Sheila Clemens, PhD, physical therapist and assistant professor, Florida International University, Miami.
Leigh Ann O’Banion, MD, vascular surgeon, University of California, San Francisco, Fresno, CA.
Jessica Dodson, nurse coordinator, University of California, San Francisco, Fresno, CA.