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Amputation Design Proposal

  1. 1. Olivia Lullie, Sarena Gerard, and Bethany Roper10th Honors World Lit/CompMrs. Lester30 March 2012 Research Design Proposal Research Paper Topic For our multimedia project we will be exploring war amputations. We will research how anamputation occurs, the psychological effects from having an amputation, and the advancingtechnologies that make an amputation possible today. What We Know about the Topic at This Point, and Why We Are Interested in this Topic We have all learned similar insights on amputations. Sarena is researching how an amputation canoccur, and the actual process of the surgery. She found that most amputations evolve from stepping onhidden bombs and booby traps. She has also been learning about different infections that can happenafter a war amputation. Olivia, who is researching psychological effects of amputations, has learnedabout amputees from war who have been affected psychologically. She has also talked to her cousin, arecent Afghanistan war amputee, who was able to provide her with information on how he is currentlyovercoming his amputation. Bethany is researching the technological advances used in amputationsurgery. She has discovered that there has been a recent increase in prosthetics, including newmachines such as the C-limb. She has also found that prosthetic limbs are being developed that will tellthe brain when to move the limb. We are interested in this topic because Olivia has personal experiencewith this issue, and we would like to know more about it.
  2. 2. What We Want To Learn We would like to learn of the psychological recovery of a war amputee, and how their families play arole in their recovery. We would like to learn of more advancing technologies that will increaseknowledge and provide surgical help during an amputation. We also want to know what the differentcauses of amputations are. What disadvantages does an amputation put on the human body? Whatinfections can come from a recent amputation? Our Initial List of Questions We Have About Our Topic1. What are the different parts of a prosthetic limb?2. What medical advances have been made for prosthetic limbs since the 21st century?3. How do amputations affect the families of the amputees?4. What are the steps of recovery that some amputees require?5. How do the amputee’s family and friends affect their recovery?6. What is PLP? What psychological effect does it have on an amputee?7. What are the causes of amputations?8. What infections can occur after a war amputation?9. What is the amputation process?10. What effects has this war had on the advances of prosthetic limbs?11. Why do some amputees believe that there is no hope for them after an amputation?12. What are the differences between the advances in the 21st century versus before WWII.
  3. 3. Our Three Primary Research QuestionsTopic: How does an amputation affect soldiers and veterans? 1. What are the psychological effects on an amputee? 2. What effects has this war had on the advances of prosthetic limbs? 3. How and why does an amputation occur? Our Research Plan We plan to use Gale Virtual Library, SIRS, Galileo, Student Research Center, and Google News. Inaddition to those resources, we will be using Netvibes to organize and manage our information for ourproject. We each plan to divide up the three research questions according to whichever interests us themost. Each of us plans to set a date for when we will have our portion of the project done. As we citeour sources, we will be using EasyBib. Each of us will have access to what we post in Google Docs,including helpful sites, and notes. Content Creation Tools Our content creation tool is going to be VoiceThread. Final Learning Product We will be combining a digital text with some multigenre text aspects. We think VoiceThread will be agreat medium for us because it is a creative way to get the point across. We want people to not only bepersuaded to care about our topic, but to be inspired by our words and take action in assisting war
  4. 4. amputees. We would also like for viewers to understand how severe an amputation can be and theeffects that it has on the human body and a persons life. A shaping sheet will be more beneficialbecause it is more organized than a mindmap, and it completely sums up the outline of the paper. Preliminary BibliographyBenetato, Bonnie B. "Posttraumatic Growth Among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation IraqiFreedom Amputees." Journal of Nursing Scholarship 43.4 (2011): 412-20. Academic SearchComplete.Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>.Brewster, Tom. "Hugh Herr: The Man Who Thinks Tech Can End Disability | TechWeekEurope UK."TechWeekEurope UK. Net Media Europe, 26 Mar. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<>.Cleland, Max, and Ben Raines. "Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, WalterReed and Karl Rove." NPR.Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Ferrer, Danielle. "Amputee Inspires Soldier, Causes Attitude Shift after Accident." Amputee InspiresSoldier, Causes Attitude Shift after Accident. 8 Dec. 2010. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<>.Gallagher, Pamela, and Malcolm Maclachlan. "Psychological Adjustment and Coping in Adults WithProsthetic Limbs." Behavioral Medicine 25.3 (1999): 117. Academic Search Complete.Web. 26 Mar.
  5. 5. 2012. <>.Hanley, Marisol A., Mark P. Jensen, Dawn M. Ehde, Amy J. Hoffman, David R. Patterson, and Lawrence R.Robinson. "Psychosocial Predictors of Long-term Adjustment to Lower-limb Amputation and PhantomLimb Pain." Disability & Rehabilitation 26.14/15 (2004): 882-93. A9h. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<>.Helwick, Caroline. "Pain Management in War Zones Mostly Not Battle-Related."Pain Medicine News.Mar. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<>.Henig, Robin Marantz. "At War with Their Bodies, They Seek to Sever Limbs." New York Times (NewYork, NY). 22 Mar 2005: D6+. SIRS Issues Researcher.Web. 27 Mar 2012.Keyes, Charley. "Army Report: Battlefield Explosions Causing More Multiple Amputations, Other SeriousWounds -" CNN. Cable News Network, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<>.Moore, Janet. "War Injuries Inspire Better Prosthetics." Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN). Aug. 14 2006:A1+. SIRS Issues Researcher.Web. 27 Mar 2012.
  6. 6. Schwartz, Jeremy. "UT Researchers Bringing Custom Prosthetics to War Amputees."Real Austin.RealNews. 3 Jan. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Shea, Neil. "The Heroes--The Healing."National Geographic Vol. 210 No. 6. Dec. 2006: 68-105. SIRSIssues Researcher.Web. 27 Mar 2012.Siegel, Robert. "Profile: Technological Advances and Progress in the Treating of Soldiers Who HaveReturned from Iraq as Amputees." All Things Considered (NPR). Student Research Center.Web. 27 Mar.2012. <>."Temple Team Dedicated to Preventing Foot Amputations." 2012. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context.Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<>.Thomas, Cathy Booth. "The Scars of War." Time 167.7 (2006): 42. Student Research Center.Web. 26Mar. 2012. <>.Thompson, Mark. "Wars Amputees: 4 of 5 Say "Life Is Full"" 12 Mar. 2012. Web. 30 Mar.2012. <>.
  7. 7. Welch, William M. "Iraq Injuries Differ from past Wars: More Amputations, Brain Traumas." 2005: 06A.Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<>.