Rehabilitation following traumatic injury should focus on the person’s goals and help them to resume their life, whether that involves work, education or activities, according to the draft recommendations. Rehabilitation is a process that starts in acute care in hospital when an injured person is admitted and can progress into work, education and community settings.
Traumatic injury is any injury that requires admission to hospital at the time of injury. This could include musculoskeletal injuries, nerve injuries, soft tissue damage, and limb loss. Traumatic injury is a significant cause of early death and morbidity and is the biggest cause of death in children and adults under the age of 40. In England, 45,000 people are affected by very severe or major trauma every year.
Trauma can negatively affect quality of life, both physically and mentally, and can lead to problems with mobility, pain, breathing, and speech and communication. Trauma can also lead to depression, anxiety and other psychological difficulties.