Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation

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Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation

SKU# 9781936287550

Author: David X. Cifu MD, Henry L. Lew MD, PhD


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Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation summarizes the most frequent medical and psychological problems encountered by combat survivors and patients with concurrent injuries to the brain and other body systems. The book offers a roadmap for clinicians on how to initiate and follow through the continuum of care necessary to achieving positive outcomes. Individual chapters focus on the myriad problems and conditions that polytrauma patients present with including traumatic brain injury, concussion, spinal cord injury,, amputation, and PTSD, and other medical and psychological issues such as pain, depression, headache, insomnia, fatigue, alcohol and substance abuse, dizziness, light sensitivity, and work and family issues. Algorithms and detailed appendices provide guides for assessment and medical treatment that can be used in daily practice.

Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation features:

  • First handbook focused on polytrauma
  • Practical, pocket-sized manual featuring real-world care for common problems
  • Covers medical, physical, psychological, and vocational issues
  • Easy to read text, with flow charts to highlight key concepts
  • Authors work directly with the VA, military and academic sectors in the care of these patients

Product Details

  • Publication Date September 10, 2013
  • Page Count 290
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936287550
  • EISBN 9781617051005

Table of Contents

I.Polytrauma Basics
1.What is Polytrauma
2.Taking a History
3.Performing a Physical Examination: Overview, Detailed Procedures in Performing a Physical Examination
4.Ordering Tests: Neuroimaging, Neuropsychological Evaluation
II.Diagnosis and Management of Common Sequelae of TBI
5.Focal Weakness and Hypotonia
7.Coordination and Balance Deficits
12.Vision Deficits
13.Hearing Deficits
14.Cranial Nerve Deficits
16.Executive Function Deficits
17.Akinetic Mutism and Locked-In Syndrome
18.Posttraumatic Amnesia
19.Perceptual Deficits
21.Agitation, Irritability, and Emotional Liability
24.Sexual Dysfunciton
25.Neurogenic Bladder
26.Neurogenic Bowel
27.Postconcussive Syndrome
28.Postdeployment Syndrome in Combat-Related TBI
31.Penetrating Brain Injuries
32.Disorders of Consciousness
33.Posttraumatic Seizures
36.Neuroendocrinologic Abnormalities
37.Geriatric and Aging Issues
38. Dementia and Brain Injury
39. Disability Determination and Medcio-Legal Issues
40. Return to Driving
41. Return to Sports
42. Return to Work
III. Diagnosis and Management of Common Sequalae of Polytrauma with TBI and Amputation, Burns, or Spinal Cord Injury
43. Dual Disability – TBI with SCI, Amputation, or Burns
44. Amputation Care and Prosthetic Fitting
45. Spinal Cord Injury
46. Burns
47. Deep Venous Thrombosis
48. Heterotropic Ossification
49. Contractures
50. Pressure Ulcers
IV. Appendices
Ten Essential Assessments
1. Assessment of Agitation
2. Assessment of Amnesia, Orientation, Attention, Level of Consciousness, and Coma Recovery after TBI
3. Assessment of Balance
4. Assessment of Bowel and Bladder Function
5. Assessment of Concussion and Postconcussion Symptoms (PCS)
6. Assessment of Cognition
7. Assessment of Dizziness and Vertigo
8. Assessment of Sleep
9. Assessment of Smell
10. Assessment of Tinnitus
Three Essential Medical Treatments
1. Medical Treatment of Agitation
2. Medical Treatment of Depression
3. Medical Treatment of Spasticity