Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute has received The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for amputee rehabilitation, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for amputee patients. The award was given after a rigorous on-site review of the hospital’s compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines, and outcomes of care.
Nearly 2 million people in the United States are living with a loss of a limb. In South Carolina alone, more than 3,000 amputations were performed in 2013 according to the Amputee Coalition. Amputation is when all or part of an arm or leg is removed surgically to treat an injury, disease or infection.
“Amputations may be necessary for a variety of reasons,” says Dr. Timothy Murphree, Medical Director of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “The most common reason is vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. This is when arteries become narrowed or blocked.
Trauma, burns, cancer or serious infection may be other reasons for an amputation.
“After an amputation, an individual can face a difficult period of physical and emotional recovery,” Murphree says. “This is why we take our responsibility to providing the highest quality of amputee rehabilitation to the community very seriously.”
As part the hospital’s commitment to these patients, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute voluntarily applied for The Joint Commission’s certification in Amputee Rehabilitation. The certification evaluates programs that provide clinical care directly to patients and programs that provide comprehensive clinical support that interact directly with patients on site, by telephone, or through online or other electronic resources.
“Our hospital is nationally recognized as being dedicated to developing better results for amputee patients,” says Richard Schulz, CEO of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “We know that rehabilitation following an amputation can enhance a patient’s recovery process and minimize functional disability. Our goal is to help our patients reach the highest levels of independence possible following an amputation.
At the hospital, a multidisciplinary medical team that’s led by Murphree meets with patients and their family members to create individualized goals and treatment plans. In addition to physical and occupational therapy, patients also have access to a wound care team that provides a holistic approach to healing, as well as prevention and management of skin breakdown. A prosthetist and orthotist also are available for consults, fitting, and assistance with equipment and permanent prosthetics.
Therapy areas at the hospital that patients have access to include a 6,000-square-foot therapy gym, an aquatic therapy pool, and a courtyard that allows patients to practice on different terrains such as ramps, stairs, gravel, dirt, cubs, curb cut-outs and wood decking. In addition, patients also have access to a daily living and a transitional suite where they can practice daily, at-home activities while under the care of a healthcare professional. In addition, the hospital offers home evaluations to identify and necessary modifications that may need to be made to a patient’s house to ensure a safer return home.
“We provide rehabilitation when the amputation occurs, and we can continue to monitor and treat our patients as their healing and abilities progress and situations change,” Murphree says. “We want to provide ongoing support to our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues in the community who have experienced an amputation. Our goal is to help them adjust to this life-changing event so they can function as independently as possible and enjoy the highest quality of life possible.”