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Rehabilitation considerations of trauma patients 

Rehabilitation considerations of trauma patients
Rehabilitation considerations of trauma patients

Kerry Deluca

and Amy Wagner

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date: 10 April 2020

Assessment of the rehabilitation needs of the trauma patient begins in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Physiatrists, specialists in the field of PhysicalMedicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), focus on a patient–s current and potentialfunctional impairment(s) with the goal of maximizing functional ability despitephysical and cognitive limitations.To best determine the appropriate level of postacute therapies, the physiatristconsiders prior level of function, living situation, and level of social support aswell as the patient–s current medical needs, functional level, and therapy needs.In some populations, early rehabilitation involvement inpatient care leads to better acute outcomes and decreased length of stay inacute care.

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