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Upcoming, Important Amputee Event

The Amputee Coalition, a national non-profit, is coming to the Boston, MA area for a Limb Loss Education Day on September 23, 2017. Limb Loss Education Days are designed to bring high-quality patient education and recreation to the local level, where amputees live, work and play, at a very low cost. This special event is being held at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at 300 First Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Registration is only $15 per person, and lunch is included. It’s a great opportunity to network with other amputees and professionals in the area, learn about what’s going on in the community, and meet manufacturers that exhibit at the event! Children 10 and under are free.


FREE CEU COURSE: REHABILITATION OVERVIEW IN THE TREATMENT OF UPPER LIMB LOSS

Who: Occupational Therapists and Case Managers
Where: Tisch Hospital / Smilow Seminar Room
(1st floor of the Smilow Center)
550 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016
When: Monday, April 10th, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Why: Gain expertise in Upper Limb prosthetics
CEUs: 0.2 AOTA CEUs or 0.2 CCMC CEUs
Speakers: Steve Martin, OTR/L & Laura Katzenberger, CP
Tuition: Free of charge

Description: This course is designed to educate therapists and case managers on the phases of care that individuals with upper limb loss and deficiency require. In addition, the course will introduce attendees to the latest in prosthetic upper limb technologies. Upon the completion of this seminar, therapists and case managers will be able to identify which clients are appropriate candidates for various prosthetic devices, understand the range of patients who can now benefit from new prosthetic technologies, and be introduced to the critical nature of functional training to maximize patient outcomes.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand Phases of Care for Upper Extremity Amputee
  • Be Able to Describe Options for Upper Limb Prostheses
  • Utilize Myo-Tester and Virtual Training Aid in the Pre-prosthetic Training Phase
  • Describe the Benefits of a Multi-Articulating Hand Terminal Device
  • Understand the Benefits of a Powered Partial Hand Prosthesis
  • Determine Who Would be an Appropriate Candidate for the i-limb™ quantum, i-limb™ digits and livingskin® devices.

Check Out the Flyer for More Details


VALUE OF THERAPY FOR AMPUTEES IS CRITICAL

This interesting article in the November/December issue of Amplitude magazine highlights the important factor that therapy can be for amputees. Whether the patient is living with upper limb loss or lower limb loss, a skilled therapist can create dramatic change for patients’ daily lives. Written by Handspring’s Debra Latour, OTR/L, this comprehensive article directly shows the multiple ways that therapists impact the lives of the amputees with whom they work.

Read the Article


HANDSPRING PUBLISHES In THE ACADEMY TODAY And O&P EDGE

July 2016 Is shaping up To be a very big month For Handspring In the publishing realm. The work Of the Handspring team Is highlighted In three separate articles between two different publications this month. Handspring Upper Limb Prosthetics Specialist Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP, FAAOP has been very busy over the last few months drafting these articles.

The first two articles are Case studies Of Handspring patients presented In The Academy Today, a publication produced quarterly by The American Academy Of Orthotists & Prosthetists.

The first Case study shares the experience one Of our Handspring Heroes, Mary, had With being fit With one Of the first active elevated vacuum transhumeral prostheses In the world. Read about Mary's experience here:
www.oandp.org/AcademyTODAY/2016Jul/3.asp

The second Case study demonstrates the unique ability that the Handspring Clinical Team has To provide solutions For patients With Partial hand Or digit amputations even When past attempts at fitting With a prosthesis have failed. In this article Handspring shows how our collaboration And relationships With experts In silicone fabrication And manufacturing techniques provide unparalleled results For our patients. This article can be found here:
www.oandp.org/AcademyTODAY/2016Jul/5.asp

Both Of these Case studies are prime examples Of how the Handspring Clinical Team thinks outside Of the box In order To provide the best solutions For our patients. You will Not find this level Of care And compassion anywhere Else.

Have you had questions about what 3-D printing Is And isn't with regard to prosthetics? In the July edition of The O&P Edge, Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP, FAAOP discusses some of the questions and concerns that face the profession of prosthetics and orthotics with respect to 3-D printing and the potential that exists for developing collaboration with the "maker" community and O&P clinicians. Chris’s article is on page 80. The O&P EDGE article can be found here:
www.oandp.com/articles/2016-07_10.asp


HANDSPRING AT AOPA 2016 In BOSTON, MA

The Handspring Clinical Team Is looking forward To the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association's National Assembly September 8-11th in Boston, MA. This is a wonderful event to share and gain knowledge with our peers and manufacturers. Handspring is pleased to have been selected to share some of our expert knowledge and experience as part of the educational component of this world class conference.

We are very proud Of Handspring's Debra Latour, OTR/L for the three presentations that she will be giving. Way to go Debi!

Her first presentation has been scheduled As part Of the Phycology And Public Health Free Paper Session which Is scheduled For Friday, September 9 at 2:00 - 3:15 PM.

Presentation Title: Patient Satisfaction And Client-Centered Feedback Form

Her Next two presentations are scheduled As part Of the Upper-Limb Prosthetics—A Treatment Specialty Free Paper Session On Friday, September 9 at 4:00 – 5:15 PM.

Presentation Title: Cutaneous Anchor Technology And Creative Solutions To Complex Problems

Presentation Title: Impact of Bilateral Upper Limb Prosthesis Simulators in Pre-Prosthetic Training: A Case Study

In addition To Debi's three presentations, the Handspring Clinical Team will be displaying and presenting a poster on Saturday, September 10th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

Poster Title: Combined Utilization Of Fabric Prosthetic Socket Design And Pattern Recognition Control In Shoulder Disarticulation Prostheses

We look forward To sharing our expert knowledge With our colleagues And peers In the hopes Of improving the quality Of upper limb prosthetics care For amputees. To learn more about the conference please visit: www.aopanet.org/education/2016-national-assembly/preliminary-program/


HANDSPRING PRESENTS AT THE 2016 IASPT

Handspring Is pleased To announce the acceptance Of two abstracts To the prestigious First International Symposium On Innovations In Amputation Surgery & Prosthetic Technologies To be held In Chicago, IL May 12-13th. One Of our upper limb specialists, Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP, FAAOP will be sharing a lecture titled: "Utilization of Pattern Recognition with Patients Initially Contraindicated for Myoelectric Control in Upper Limb Prostheses" The Handspring team will also be presenting a poster title: "Combined Utilization of Fabric Prosthetic Socket Design and Pattern Recognition Control in Shoulder Disarticulation Prostheses"

You can view the abstracts below:

Information On the conference can be found by visiting:
http://www.ric.org/research/research-centers--programs/bionic-medicine/iaspt/program/


TECHNOLOGY IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR AMPUTEES

article from The Times Herald-Record

Israel Rodriguez of Loch Sheldrake remembers being strapped to the hospital bed, surrounded by tearful family members following the car crash five years ago.

It wasn’t until the then-31-year-old was finally permitted to stand up that he realized he was missing a limb.

"I’m a lefty," he says. "And I lost my left arm."

He also lost the ability to do much of what he loved – construction work, landscaping, wood-chopping, auto mechanics. When it snows, it’s hard to shovel, and forget about stopping to help push a driver back onto a wintry Sullivan County roadway. And the accident happened just two days before he was to start employment with the town...

Read the rest of Israel's story at recordonline.com.


GIVING GLOVES FOR HELPING HANDS

The Helping Hands Foundation provides support to children & adults who live each day with upper limb deficiency. The members of Helping Hands have purchased gloves or mittens in pairs but...

They Only Get to Wear One!

Drop off your new or gently-used mitten or glove at any POA or Handspring office. We'll work with Helping Hands to get your donations to their members in need.

Download this information here


HANDSPRING ANNOUNCES POSTER For AAOP WORLD CONGRESS 2013

The Handspring Clinical Team Is proud To announce the acceptance Of the accompanying research poster at the 2013 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association's World Congress in Orlando, FL. As one of only three research posters accepted from clinical companies, the research entitled "The Importance of a Team Approach to Achieve the Best Functional Outcome with the Upper Limb Amputee" presented an exceptional approach to upper limb prosthetic care that definitely caught the attention of the clinical judges for this history World Congress for the orthotic and prosthetic profession. Congratulations to Handspring team members Laura Katzenberger CP, Claribell Bayona OTR/L, and Debra Latour M.Ed., OTR/L for their extra efforts to present the Multidisciplinary Approach used every day with Handspring patients.

  • Laura Katzenberger, CP, LP
  • Claribell Bayona OTR/L
  • Debra Latour M.Ed., OTR/L

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