Demographics and discharge outcomes of dysvascular and non-vascular lower limb amputees at a subacute rehabilitation unit: A 7-year series

Batten, Heather R, Kuys, Suzanne S, McPhail, Steven M, Varghese, Paulose N and Nitz, Jennifer C (2015) Demographics and discharge outcomes of dysvascular and non-vascular lower limb amputees at a subacute rehabilitation unit: A 7-year series. Australian Health Review, 39 1: 76-84. doi:10.1071/AH14042


Author Batten, Heather R
Kuys, Suzanne S
McPhail, Steven M
Varghese, Paulose N
Nitz, Jennifer C
Title Demographics and discharge outcomes of dysvascular and non-vascular lower limb amputees at a subacute rehabilitation unit: A 7-year series
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2015-01-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH14042
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 76
End page 84
Total pages 9
Place of publication Clayton, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2016
Formatted abstract
Objective To examine personal and social demographics, and rehabilitation discharge outcomes of dysvascular and non-vascular lower limb amputees.

Methods In total, 425 lower limb amputation inpatient rehabilitation admissions (335 individuals) from 2005 to 2011 were examined. Admission and discharge descriptive statistics (frequency, percentages) were calculated and compared by aetiology.

Results Participants were male (74%), aged 65 years (s.d. 14), born in Australia (72%), had predominantly dysvascular aetiology (80%) and a median length of stay 48 days (interquartile range (IQR): 25–76). Following amputation, 56% received prostheses for mobility, 21% (n = 89) changed residence and 28% (n = 116) required community services. Dysvascular amputees were older (mean 67 years, s.d. 12 vs 54 years, s.d. 16; P < 0.001) and recorded lower functional independence measure – motor scores at admission (z = 3.61, P < 0.001) and discharge (z = 4.52, P < 0.001). More non-vascular amputees worked before amputation (43% vs 11%; P < 0.001), were prescribed a prosthesis by discharge (73% vs 52%; P < 0.001) and had a shorter length of stay (7 days, 95% confidence interval: –3 to 17), although this was not statistically significant.

Conclusions Differences exist in social and demographic outcomes between dysvascular and non-vascular lower limb amputees.
Keyword Amputation
Prosthesis
Rehabilitation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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