This paper provides a review of the current literature on the subject of traumatic limb loss and the needs of the family.
For nearly 100 years, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, has directly supported Service men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in the service of our country, and also those veterans who have lost limbs as a result of accidents or medical conditions. Although severe and life-changing injury as a result of conflict is as old as waritself, the recent protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have focused public attention on the needs of injured Service personnel and veterans. The expansion of new media such as the internet and 24-hour news coverage has undoubtedly had an impact on public perceptions of injured Service personnel and their needs. Over the past few years there has been a proliferation of charities offering help and support to veterans, and there appears to be no shortage of public support to donate. Whether or not this situation continues following the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a matter of great interest. Although there has been an unprecedented growth in the number of charities providingsupport for ex-Service personnel, there is a growing concern about the effectiveness of the services that are provided or the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.
Fossey, M. and Hacker Hughes, J. (2014) Traumatic Limb Loss and the Needs of the Family. London: Blesma.