Technician Safety - May 2013

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Technician Safety: Best Practices in the Fab Lab
By Linda M. Hellow


O&P fabrication labs are noisy, dusty, and often smelly. Thetools of the trade can cut, grind, burn, and bruise. Forsome, such working conditions might seem intolerable.Many O&P technicians, however, would tell you that there isno place they'd rat...

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Central Fabrication Accreditation: Has the Time Come?
By Garrison Wells


Robert Pierre, orthotic technician, uses a cast saw whilefabricating an AFO. Trevor Dehaan, prosthetic technician, grinds trim lines into a transtibial check socket. Photographs courtesy of Grace Prosthetic Fabrication unless otherwise stated.

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Feature

CAD/CAM’s Expanding Potential
By Miki Fairley


Rodin4D CAD/CAM software. Image courtesy of Rodin4D. Imagine taking a scoliosis patient's measurements by snappinga photograph and importing the image into CAD software.Imagine using this data not only to digitally designand modify the brace but a...

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Prosthetic Prescription for an Obese Patient: A Case Report
By Erin Sutton, BME; Erica Gaussa; Samantha Staubach; and Lucinda Busch, CP


Following amputation, individuals often experiencesignificant psychological challenges, including depressionand decreased motivation to move, which often leadto a more sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, and ultimatelyobesity. Obesity is a risk fact...

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Industry Leader

Carl Caspers, CPO: Innovation Sparked by Personal Experience
By Garrison Wells


Carl Caspers, CPO, widely recognized as the father of vacuum suspension, was a pioneer in using scientific inquiry andresearch to develop groundbreaking products in the O&P industry early in his career, long before science was a part ofthe profess...

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Stepping Out

Pedorthists: Patient Care and Fabrication Are Not Mutually Exclusive
By Howard Hillman, CPed


Fabrication: (Fab-ri-cate) to make; create. To construct by combiningor assembling. Clinicians' knowledge of fabrication techniques allows for seamless and coherent communication with central fabrication technicians.

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Shop Talk

What Resin Am I Using? Let the Truth Be Known
By Greg Mattson, CPA, CTPO


When I sat down to write this article on laminatingusing epoxy resins, I began reflectingon how many phones calls I field each weekfrom customers who think they are usingan epoxy when, in fact, they aren't. Manytechnicians and clinicians in our in...

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Today’s Consumer

Kenneth Cook Sr.: Testing the Limit
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Cook, center, with his wife and Hogan. Photographs courtesy of Al Hogan. Kenneth Cook Sr.

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Perspective

NCOPE Accreditation Process
By Michael Brncick, CPO


When I entered the profession, practitioners spent a considerableamount of time fabricating and less time on patient care. In today'spractice model, practitioners typically rely more on a support groupof additional team members in order to evaluat...

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Face to Face

Ron Dominy, CTP, CP, BOCP


Basingstoke, England, was a small country village when Ron Dominy was born there. It was a growingtown when he began his career there with O&P pioneer Chas A Blatchford & Sons, and by thetime he moved to the United States in 1988 with his wife Pau...

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O&Pedia

Fab Lab Lingo


The O&P technician's domain is the fabrication laboratory, whether in-house as part of an O&P practitioner's patient care facility or a stand-alone central fabrication facility. While technicians often operate behind the scenes, their importance i...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With mandatory accreditation, continual codingupdates, and increased paperwork, running an O&P practice gets more complicated every year. Count on Got FAQsto answer your billing and c...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Policy Forum 2013: What’s at Stake for O&P?
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE Kirk concludes his discussion at the AOPA Policy Forum. Policy Forum photographs courtesy of AOPA. "We are faced with the challenge of going up on the Hilland making our presence known," American Orth...

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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare West Finds New Home in Colorado
By Victoria Clark


Exclusive live coverage by The O&P EDGE Photograph courtesy of PrimeCare O&P Network. The PrimeFare West Regional Scientific Symposium's relocationto Denver, Colorado, proved to be a popular move giventhat the event drew twice the number of a...

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor


Dear Editors, The current LCD on prosthetic requirements for K3 and K4 componentsis unmanageable. My ability to control a physician's evaluationof an amputee and assure my evaluation concurs with his,without the use of preprinted forms or guidelin...

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Viewpoint

What’s Going On??
By Karen Henry


Various news reports put the number of traumaticamputations that surgeons have performed on victimsof the April 15 Boston Marathon bombingsbetween six and 13. According to an April 17 articlein The Wall Street Journal , "At least 13 people lostlim...

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EDGE Direct

Reimbursement Support That Works For You


EDGE Direct Find our Audit Survival Kit, coding help, and documentation guides at Ottobock's Reimbursement website . The Audit Survival Kit was created specifically to help our customers pass audits. The documentation checklist in the kit was rev...

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