Haiti: Reflecting on the First Year of O&P Relief Efforts - February 2011

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Three Months at Klinik Hanger
By Anna Avakian, CPO


A first-person retrospective by Anna Avakian, CPO It's amazing how a simple task like tightening a foot bolt can bring a flood of memories rushing back. That's just what happened today as I was replacing a foot for a patient who will soon return...

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Feature

Haiti: Reflecting on the First Year of O&P Relief Efforts
By Judith Philipps Otto


In a few brief, horrifying moments, more than 300,000 lives were snuffed out, and tens of thousands of others were changed forever. The magnitude 7.0 temblor that shook Haiti to its core on January 12, 2010, was the strongest to hit the island nat...

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Feature

Sustainable O&P Fabrication for Developing Countries
By Miki Fairley


"Live simply, so that other people can simply live." —Mahatma Gandhi Yeongchi Wu, MD. Photograph by Lekki Chua. Polystyrene "beads" in beanbag chairs.

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Feature

“We’re in this Fight Together” Riding for ROMP 2010
By Pam Martin


The Baja desert is a long, unrepentant stretch. Fifteen days of empty road, hot dry afternoons that cause the locals to idly hang in a seemingly never-ending state of motionlessness, under artificial shade ([the] real [thing] being so hard to come...

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Today’s Consumer

Bill Ash and the Bucket List
By Laura Hochnadel


"My freshman philosophy professor assigned this exercise and called it a bucket list. You were supposed to make a list of all the things we wanted to do in our life before we kicked the bucket." -Carter, played by Morgan Freeman, speaking to Edwa...

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Perspective

Bridging the Gap
By Jan HB Geertzen, MD, PhD


Evidence-based practice is a modern phrase. Is it always practical? Evidence-based practice, the conscious and systematic use of the best-available research evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients, has become a hot topic...

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Shop Talk

How to Set and Properly Mount a Hip Plate
By Jason Kimmel, CTP


We fabricate a lot of hip prostheses here at the Otto Bock Fabrication Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota—usually three or four per week. Because most practitioners only see around one or two hip amputations per year, many find that it's easier to h...

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Sports

Disabled Sports USA Announces 2011 National SkiTour Series


Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) has announced the schedule for its national SkiTour winter snow sports series. The DS/USA SkiTour includes more than 80 events hosted by 40 DS/USA chapters and affiliates in 18 states. The events, which started in Janu...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Rebecca K. Ferris, CPO


Rebecca Ferris, CPO, lives by the motto "Do good." Born into a large Irish family with relatives in the United States and abroad, she was exposed to an expansive world view from a young age. Her awareness of the needs of those less fortunate inspi...

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Got FAQS?

Got FAQs?


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help you sort through the complexities associated with O&P billing. This month's column addresses your questions about reinstated L-Codes, compliance requireme...

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Viewpoint

Rebuilding in Haiti Started with Legs
By Karen Henry


Dye mon, gen mon. Beyond the mountain is another mountain. - Haitian proverb On January 12, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.

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Online Exclusive

Landmines Continue to Claim Victims


Landmines have been called "weapons of mass destruction in slow motion" and "devils in the dirt." Long after conflicts have ended, landmines continue to maim, and they do so indiscriminately. They do not distinguish the footfalls of a combatant fr...

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