Amputation System of Care - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

Amputation System of Care

Department of Veterans Affairs, Amputation System of Care emblem.Hines is part of the Amputation System of Care (ASoC). It is a national integrated health care delivery system that provides patient-centered, lifelong, holistic care and care coordination for the Veterans and Service members who have undergone an amputation. In 2009 Hines VA was designated as a Polytrauma Amputation Network site. The ASoC is designated to enhance the environment of care and ensure consistency in the delivery of rehabilitation services for more than 40,000 Veterans with amputations receiving care within VA.

Hines has several different elements to offer comprehensive care:

  • Inpatient Program - Inpatient care is provided for persons requiring intensive services including medical management, nursing intervention and multiple therapies dedicated to amputee care.
  • Outpatient Program - This program allows patients to participate in individual therapy two to three times per week.
  • Amputation Care Clinic - Our interdisciplinary team will assess and make recommendations regarding the rehabilitation management of amputation for you. Clinic is led by a physiatrist (rehab doctor) with experience in amputation. Your clinic team will include the Medical Doctor, Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinator, Prosthetist, Podiatrist, and Program Support Assistant.
  • Onsite Accredited Prosthetic Lab - Hines has an onsite full prosthetic lab with certified and licensed prosthetists.
  • Peer Visitor Program - Support Visitation by a Veteran with similar level amputation will be coordinated as requested.
  • Limb Loss Education - Patients and their family members/care takers are provided with training on a variety of topics, including: adaptive techniques and equipment for completing activities of daily living (ADL), coping with limb loss, appropriate use of assistive devices, community re-entry, community resources and how to access them, techniques for desensitization of the residual limb, donning/doffing a prosthesis, driving, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wellness, health risks, home modifications, minimizing potential hazards in the home, nutrition and hydration, personal life roles and participation, medications, mobility, managing phantom limb pain, creating/maintaining a portable health profile, prevention of secondary complications associated with limb loss, proper fit of a prosthesis, prosthetic options, self-advocacy, skin care for the unaffected limb, care of the residual limb, pressure wrapping, return to work, care of incisional wounds or other open areas, scar management of the residual limb, and management of diabetes when appropriate.

Contact Info

Location

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 708-202-2407
  • 708-202-3879

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm