Members contribute to prostheses guidelines

New guidelines on treating adults with lower limb prostheses should help physiotherapists who see amputees infrequently, or work alone, to improve the quality of treatment they can provide.

The clinical guidelines were co-written by Tim Randell, a clinical specialist physiotherapist at the Dorset Prosthetic Centre at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and Karen Clark, senior specialist physiotherapist at the Amputee Rehabilitation Centre at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The pair worked with the CSP to update existing guidelines and get Supporting Knowledge in Physiotherapy Practice accreditation.

The guidelines include more user-friendly audit tools and a quick reference guide to make the guidelines more accessible.

‘Amputees are treated in a variety of settings, and some therapists see amputees infrequently or work alone, so having this document as a framework will hopefully improve the overall quality of treatment, reduce regional variations and give the physios something to refer to,’ said Mr Randell.

The guidelines, entitled Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Prostheses, can be downloaded from the CSP publication list.

Graham Clews

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