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"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" (Abraham Lincoln): the Department of Veterans Affairs polytrauma system of care.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Jan; 89(1):160-2.AP

Abstract

The initiation of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has resulted in a new cohort of active-duty service members and veterans seeking rehabilitation care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Service members injured in combat most often sustain multiple injuries (polytrauma) and require a unique service delivery model to meet their needs. The VA recognized this need and responded with the development of the Polytrauma System of Care (PSC). This national system of care balances access and expertise to provide specialized life-long care to the combat injured. The PSC is comprised of: 4 specialized regional rehabilitation centers that are accredited in brain injury by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities; 21 specialized outpatient and subacute rehabilitation programs; designated polytrauma teams at smaller, more remote VA facilities; and a point of contact at all other VA facilities. In addition, the PSC has developed a proactive case-management model, a specialized telehealth network, guidelines for long-term follow-up, and services for those individuals who are unable to return home. The following commentary and articles provide additional detail on this new and unique system of care.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA. Barbara.Sigford@va.gov

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18164348

Citation

Sigford, Barbara J.. ""To Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle and for His Widow and His Orphan" (Abraham Lincoln): the Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma System of Care." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 89, no. 1, 2008, pp. 160-2.
Sigford BJ. "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" (Abraham Lincoln): the Department of Veterans Affairs polytrauma system of care. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008;89(1):160-2.
Sigford, B. J. (2008). "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" (Abraham Lincoln): the Department of Veterans Affairs polytrauma system of care. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(1), 160-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2007.09.015
Sigford BJ. "To Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle and for His Widow and His Orphan" (Abraham Lincoln): the Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma System of Care. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008;89(1):160-2. PubMed PMID: 18164348.
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