Post-injury care is more intently focused on medical
stabilization. However many blast injury survivors have residual
physical, cognitive, and/or emotional impairments as well as functional
disabilities that require a rehabilitative approach. Our goal is to
identify the needs of this population and to give them the treatment,
rehabilitation, and skills needed to afford them the highest possible level
Rehabilitation also affects the families. Blast
survivors are often hospitalized in acute care settings for extended
periods, then transferred to rehabilitation facilities. Stays in these
acute rehabilitation facilities generally last 2-4 weeks. It is
important to have families available during the rehabilitation process so
that they can learn what will be required when the loved one returns home.
Haley also has a family support group on Saturdays. This group is
helpful in allowing families to learn from each other and to create a
lasting support system.
- Dr. Steven Scott