Polytrauma Rehabilitation

CARLOS JARAMILLO, Rebecca N. Tapia, Blessen C. Eapen

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Patients with injuries to multiple body parts as a result of traumatic events are commonly treated in trauma centers across the globe. Rehabilitation of the person with polytrauma presents a complex set of challenges best approached by a comprehensive team of specialists vested in returning the individual to their maximum level of function and quality of life. The Veterans Health Care Administration has developed an innovative national network to treat individuals with polytrauma and discover and share best practices for this challenging and diverse cohort. These highly trained polytrauma rehabilitation teams cover a significant breadth and complexity of injuries, from mild to catastrophic, over a continuum of settings including inpatient, transitional, and outpatient care. This approach carries a primary focus of patient-centered goals to promote the highest attainable level of community reintegration or function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationMusculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabilitation
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323549479
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Blast
  • Polytrauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Trauma rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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