O&P Fabrication - July 2009

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O&P Fabrication: Getting It Right the First Time
By Miki Fairley


When it comes to fabricating O&P devices-whether in-house or in a central fabrication facility-it's not always possible to get it right the first time. But it is possible to greatly reduce the number of fabrication re-dos, thus saving labor and ma...

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Customers Speak Out about Evolution Custom Liners
By Evolution Industries, Inc.


"As a previous user of custom urethane liners, I have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of Evolution's custom silicone liners. The customer service is fabulous, and they will always go the extra mile to make sure you are totally...

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Feature

Choosing the Right Resin
By Morgan Stanfield


Sharon Dolly prepares a lamination at PEL Supply Company. Photograph courtesy of PEL Supply Company No matter how long you've been fabricating O&P devices, weighing the advantages of one lamination resin over another can be complex. Some resins...

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Feature

Survey Says... O&P Technicians Define Their Scope of Practice
By Morgan Stanfield


If O&P had a roster of unsung heroes, technicians would populate the top of the list. They spend much of their professional lives manipulating hazardous materials with hazardous tools, enduring heat, cacophony, and fumes to translate clinical pres...

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Technician Education—Filling in the Gaps
By Miki Fairley


For the orthotics and prosthetics field, there is an issue that goes beyond processes and systems-and that's education. Related to fabrication, that means technician education, a subject Brad Mattear of O&P 1 is passionate about. Mattear is on the...

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Stepping Out

Custom Shoes: Further Considerations
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


When ordering custom shoes, enhancements can be requested to meet the requirements of patients with unique needs. The implementation of the Therapeutic Shoe Bill (TSB) in 1993 opened up a marketing opportunity for extra-depth shoe manufacturers to...

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Perspective

Technical Education
By Jim Williams


My first job in O&P started in January of 1986, at the SPS central fab. I was doing above-knee exoskeletal setups, which have mostly been replaced by modular componentry. The next department I cycled to was plaster, where my task was to take the m...

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Today's Consumer

Ernie Paulson: Mixed Martial Artist
By Jane Albritton


Photograph courtesy of Ernie Paulson Ernie Paulson was 17 years old in 1994 when his doctors told him he had two options for dealing with a rare form of soft tissue cancer—clear cell sarcoma—that had showed up looking like a perfectly round wart...

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Shop Talk

Old Liners, New Uses
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)


Drape Molding Using Recycled Silicone Liners How many of you have a box of old liners sitting in a corner collecting dust? Well, dust off that box. Now, covered and uncovered silicone liners have a new use.

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Residency Report

Developing a Clinical Identity
By Sara Pschigoda


My year as an orthotic resident is racing to an end, and I have transitioned to the final phase of my residency—supervised autonomy. I have been given the responsibility of managing my own schedule of patients, yet I have the safety net of my coll...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Scott Wimberley, CIO, RTPO


Scott Wimberley may be one of the busiest technicians in O&P. He serves as production-facility manager for Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics, Everett, Washington; technical-services manager at Cornerstone's sister company, Fabtech Systems, Muk...

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Got FAQs?

Billing & Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Whether you are just starting an O&P practice and need help or you've been running a practice for years and have a billing question, 'Got FAQs?' is there with the answers you need to help keep your business running smoothly. This month's column ta...

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Progress on Parity

Progress Toward National Parity
By Morgan Sheets


United States Representative Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) has introduced the Prosthetic and Custom Orthotic Parity Act of 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Viewpoint

Summer Excitement for The O&P EDGE
By Tonja Randolph


Eight years ago, I joined classmates.com to "reconnect"with old friends. I paid the annual membershipfee, logged on, and instantly became addicted!I had moved around a lot as a kid and found myselfthinking of many past acquaintances. I becameenthr...

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