Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care - May 2015

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Quantum Leap: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care
By Miki Fairley


According to the U.S. CensusBureau's 2013 Population Survey,about 18 million people arepoised to enter adulthood eachyear. As they enter that phase,they face a big question: "Whatdo I want to do with my life?"These emerging adults must begintaking...

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Fast Forward: Adult Outcomes Associated with Pediatric Limb Deficiency
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Pediatric limb absence,regardless of its etiology orpresentation, is characterizedby uncertainty. Parents andpatients alike are unsureabout the immediate andlong-term implicationsof that absence. Whilepsychosocial adaptability and prostheticaccept...

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Today's Consumer

Charlotte Nott: From Pretty in Pink to Blending In
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Charlotte Nott, age seven, firstcaptured media attention shortlyafter she contracted meningitisand then developed septicemia in mid-December 2010. She spent six weeksin John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford,England-16 days of which were in ICU.Because o...

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Better Business

Purchasing a Family Business: Rachel Friddle-Johnson, CPO, and Rebecca Friddle
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Ten years ago, if you had asked Rachel Friddle-Johnson, CPO, 32, and Rebecca Friddle, 29, if they ever imagined running the family business, Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances, Honea Path, South Carolina, they would have answered with a resounding no...

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Perspective

Helmet Use and Treating Plagiocephaly: Another Perspective
By Frank Vicari, MD


The publication of research led by Renske M. van Wijk, PhD, regardinghelmet versus non-helmet therapy for treatment of plagiocephaly in theNetherlands sparked controversy in 2014 and led to a lively discussionat the American Academy of Orthotists...

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Shop Talk

Fabrication Using the RevoFit Lamination Kit
By Glenn Hutnick, CPO, CTP, FAAOP


Many P&O devices require straps or laces to facilitate donning anddoffing, provide ease of access, or allow control of the device. Oftenpractitioners must try to create an adjustable system to allow forvolume fluctuation. The RevoFit lamination ki...

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On Topic

Know Your Business and Follow a Blueprint to Build It
By Erin Cammarata


Just as a contractor wouldn't start a construction project withouthaving a blueprint to follow, O&P practice owners need a detailedplan to manage their businesses and keep daily distractionsfrom weakening their practices' foundations. A successful...

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Face to Face

Josh Lorimer, CPA


In February, Josh Lorimer, CPA, Idaho Orthotic and Prosthetic Services, Meridian, receivedsome media attention after he visited a local elementary school to talk about prosthetic legs andhow to accept people's differences. In onenews photograph, L...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Policy Forum 2015: Building Relationships


This year, more than 120 peopleattended the American Orthotic& Prosthetic Association (AOPA)2015 Policy Forum, and they generated696 member encounters with legislatorsand staff. These record-breakingnumbers represented a 20 percentincrease in atte...

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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare: The Best from the West


Attendees had ample time to visit the exhibit hall. Photograph courtesy of PrimeCare. The 2015 PrimeFare West RegionalScientific Symposium, heldMarch 20-21 in Denver, broughttogether practitioners from 19 statesfor prosthetics, orthotics, pedorthi...

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Industry Review - Conferences

ISPO 2015: Getting Answers Through International and Interdisciplinary Cooperation


The International Societyfor Prosthetics and Orthotics(ISPO) World Congress 2015will take place at the Lyon ConventionCenter, France, June 22-25.The local event partner is ISPOFrance; Leipziger Messe is organizing the parallel exhibition.Program s...

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Viewpoint

Transitions
By Andrea Spridgen


As we focus on concerns related to pediatric O&P carein this issue, our attention turns to a subject very muchon my mind: transitions. For those of us who live inclimates with four seasons, the weather during Mayheralds the arrival of spring and t...

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Online Exclusive

PEL is on the Rise in the O&P Industry


With new ownership, PEL has rolled out a steady stream of improvements positively embraced by practitioners. A December 2014 independent study of O&P practitioners revealed PEL's strength in delivering greater overall value.

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