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The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans (VA) Affairs patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, VA and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE leads efforts to enhance collaboration between the DoD and the VA extremity trauma and amputee care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes.

EACE has four primary focus areas:

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Caring for skin goes deeper than applying lotion

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2/6/2018
Heather Carter, an above-knee amputee, participates in a therapy session at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Caring for skin around amputation sites is one of the most critical roles of a military dermatologist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean Kimmons)

The many critical roles of a military dermatologist

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Osseointegration

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12/8/2017
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Doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are adapting technology developed in Europe called Osseointegration. The technology allows the attachment of prosthetics directly to a patient's skeleton.

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Active duty amputee

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11/28/2017
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More than 1,500 service members have lost limbs in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. For those faced with this traumatic injury, the Department of Defense medical system has adapted in the last 20 years to speed up the recovery process and improve prosthetics.

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Amputation Care Equipment Requirements

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9/8/2017

This fact sheet describes equipment needs for amputees based on level and number of amputations.

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Studies seek to improve everyday life after injury, amputation

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8/31/2017
From the impact of prosthetics on energy and strength to its influence on daily tasks, experts share research being done on musculoskeletal injuries at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Aspects from daily life, whether its tobacco use or hand functions, can be challenged in ways unknown before a significant injury; Experts share their research on musculoskeletal injuries during MHSRS in Kissimmee, Florida

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Regrowing limbs could be the future for military medicine

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8/29/2017
A juvenile California tiger Salamander migrates across the Travis Air Force Base, California, airfield in search of a suitable burrow, June 9, 2017. Military researchers are studying how some animals, such as salamanders, are able to regrow limbs. The work is designed to help those with amputations regrow their own arms and legs. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

Scientists at the Military Health System Research Symposium are talking about the future of regenerative medicine, a future that could include warfighters acting like salamanders and regrowing missing arms and legs!

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NHRC researchers use data to understand long-term health outcomes for combat-injured amputees

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8/29/2017
Title graphic by NHRC Public Affairs.

During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 29, researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) shared findings from a recent report that described quality of life outcomes for combat-injured amputees.

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Molding a future

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8/14/2017
See the process of how prostheses are made at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

See the process of how prostheses are made at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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FAAST symposium: Helping those who help warriors with limb loss

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8/10/2017
Marine Corps Sgt. Ivan Sears participates in a yoga class at Joint Base San Antonio. Topics like yoga and other therapeutic recreation programs for wounded warriors were covered during the Federal Advanced Amputation Skills Training or FAAST Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tomora Nance)

FAAST is a three-day training symposium to help those who help warriors dealing with limb loss

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Partnership improves care, prosthetics for wounded warriors

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7/10/2017
Experts across the DoD and VA come together to collaborate on research and innovation through the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Anastasia McCarroll)

The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence brings DoD and VA together to conduct research aimed at saving extremities and improving care for patients with amputations

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Army scientists hope to unlock clues to bone healing in space experiment

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7/3/2017
Bintu Sowe, an associate scientist at the U.S. Army U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, processes samples from the bone healing experiment that was aboard the International Space Station. The samples were delivered back to Earth by SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March. (U.S. Army photo by Crystal Maynard)

Scientists at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research are hoping to determine how bones heal in microgravity, based on an experiment that launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX in February and returned to earth aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March

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Osseointegration

Fact Sheet
4/25/2017

This fact sheet provides information on osseointegration (OI) and the use of this procedure for the direct skeletal attachment of prosthetic limbs in Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries with amputations.

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Medical miracle: BAMC surgeons perform groundbreaking arm replant

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2/15/2017
Christopher Ebner (left to right), occupational therapist at the Center for the Intrepid, Kelsey Ward and Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Alderete, chief of surgical oncology and CFI medical director, pose for a photo at the CFI. Ward's arm was severed when a guardrail pierced the passenger-side window of her SUV in a car wreck on April 20, 2016. Brooke Army Medical Center surgeons performed their first above-the-elbow arm replant on the 22-year-old trauma patient. (U.S. Army photo by Lori Newman)

Brooke Army Medical Center surgeons performed their first above-the-elbow arm replant on a 22-year-old trauma patient last year and almost 10 months later the patient is thriving

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Military medicine provides ‘world-class solutions for combat casualties’

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1/17/2017
Osseointegration, a process which attaches a prosthetic limb directly to the skeleton, can be an alternative option to traditional socket-based prosthetics for qualified patients. It is currently undergoing clinical trials at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua D. Sheppard)

Walter Reed’s osseointegration program is working help amputee service members who have difficulty with socket-based prosthetics achieve maximum functional capability through an alternative and comfortable solution

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The LUKE Arm: Fulfilling a Promise to Wounded Warriors

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12/29/2016
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The holiday season is bringing high-tech offerings for U.S. war veterans this year in the form of sophisticated bionic arms developed under the direction of DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.

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