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Amputation Injury Resources

An amputation is defined as the surgical or traumatic separation of a limb or appendage from the body. It is estimated that one out of every 200 individuals in the United States has had an amputation of some form. However, traumatic amputations are unplanned and result from some type of accidental injury in comparison to planned, medical amputations.

Amputation Support and Resources

At least 30,000 traumatic amputations occur in the US every year. Living with the physical limitations and disfigurement caused by a traumatic amputation injury can be physically and mentally taxing on the injured person and his/her family. In Florida and across the US, groups of amputees and medical professionals have come together to provide support and educational resources. These resources allow amputees to talk with one another and learn about the challenges and options of dealing with the effects of limb loss. Here are a few local resources, for starters:

Causes of Traumatic Amputation

A traumatic amputation may involve any body part or extremity. Statistically, the most common causes of accidental traumatic amputation injuries are as follows:

  1. Traffic accidents (including bicycles, trains, motorcycles)
  2. Workplace/factory/construction accidents
  3. Agricultural accidents (including lawnmowers)
  4. Firearm/explosives/fireworks accidents (includes military casualties)
  5. Electrocution accidents
  6. Ring traction accidents (finger de-gloving)
  7. Building and car door accidents

Of the causes listed above, motor vehicle accidents are by far the most common cause of medically necessary traumatic amputations. Industrial and agricultural accidents rank close together as the number two and three leading causes.

Traumatic Amputation Statistics

  • Approximately 2,000,000 people live in the US with limb loss, nearly 25 percent of all amputations are due to traumatic accidents
  • The majority of traumatic amputation victims are between ages 15 and 40
  • The most common traumatic amputation is partial hand amputation with loss of one or more fingers, at about 61,000 per year
  • The second most common form is the loss of one arm
  • 60 percent of arm amputations are between ages 21 and 64; 10 percent are under 21 years of age
  • 70 percent of all traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs
  • At least 600 children undergo lawnmower-related amputations each year in the US
  • About 22 percent of patients who had a lower limb amputated were readmitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days
  • 10 percent of upper body amputations are of the wrist and hand
  • 60 percent of total wrist and hand amputations are trans radial, meaning that the amputation occurs below the elbow

References:

FAST – http://www.floridaamputee.com/

Amputee Coalition

West Coast Brace and Limb

Limb Loss Resource Center

Net Wellness

EMS World