US Department of Defense
BLAST INJURY RESEARCH PROGRAM
COORDINATING OFFICE
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

International State-of-the-Science Meeting On Limb Salvage and Recovery After Blast-Related Injury

The 8th Annual International State-Of-The Science Meeting "Limb Salvage and Recovery After Blast-Related Injury" was held March 5-8, 2019. Read more.

This year’s meeting objectives were to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and outcomes of limb salvage after severe blast-related limb injury.
  • Review the evidence regarding the decision to salvage versus amputate a limb after severe blast-related limb injury.
  • Examine evidence and innovations regarding restoration and reconstruction after limb salvage for severe blast-related limb injury.
  • Review evidence and innovations regarding rehabilitation, reintegration and recover after limb salvage for severe blast-related limb injury.
  • Prioritize emerging research, technology, and policy gaps pertaining to limb salvage, restoration and recovery after severe blast-related limb injury.

Attendees broke out into working groups, and were asked to answer five groups of questions:

Question 1: How big is the problem of severe blast-related limb injury? What research is needed to better characterize the magnitude of this problem?

Question 2: What factors figure into the immediate and ongoing decision to salvage versus amputate a limb after severe blast-related limb injury? What research is needed to better guide this decision? What are the promising strategies for preventing potential neurological effects of repeated military occupational blast exposure?

Question 3: What are the most promising innovations for restoring and reconstructing a salvaged limb after severe-blast related limb injury? What research is needed to understand their effectiveness and limitations? What outcomes should be studied?

Question 4: What are the most promising rehabilitative innovations after limb salvage for severe blast-related limb injury? What research is needed to understand their effectiveness and limitations? What outcomes should be studied?

Question 5: What are the most important research, technology and policy opportunities and gaps pertaining to limb salvage after severe blast-related limb injury?

The RAND Corporation will take the findings from the session and create a report that will help the Blast Injury Research Program Office identify scientific gaps and areas of research to focus on. Meeting Proceedings are scheduled to be available by the last quarter of 2019.

Last modified: 18-Mar-2019