The Central Fabrication Issue - July 2020

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Fabricating Solutions to Lab Safety Issues in Troubled Times
By Judith Philipps Otto


As if promoting, enforcing, maintaining, and ensuring safety in the fabrication laboratory weren't challenging enough by itself, the emergence of the COVID-19 virus brought further complications to O&P operations. We asked industry experts to shar...

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Feature

O&P Tech Education Programs Adapt During Pandemic Restrictions
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


As a former advocate for the disabled, Marie Gaudet was enthralled by the O&P devices that many of her clients used. The more she learned about them, the more she realized that she wanted a career as an O&P technician so she could help people by b...

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Feature

Deliberate Practice: The Path to Excellence
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


ESPN's recent documentary The Last Dance chronicles the story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season as they competed for their sixth NBA championship. While Jordan's status as the greatest of all time is debated by some...

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Academy Society Spotlight

Casting Considerations for the Pediatric Patient
By Heather Willets, MPO, CPO


Introduction As O&P practitioners know, a great deal of intention goes into the casting process. The casting water can't be too hot or too cold, and the material itself has a shelf life. Multiple joints often need to be controlled simultaneously...

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Shop Talk

Filling a Transtibial Elongated Positive Plaster Mold
By Vardan Garzian, CPO


Distal tissue elongation is a common occurrence in transtibial sockets with locking liners. Various gel liner manufacturers offer matrix systems to reduce distal tissue elongation and limb pistoning during ambulation. However, these matrixes are n...

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On Topic

The New Normal
By Erin Cammarata


If I were to describe the first half of 2020, a few words that come to mind are unexpected, uncertain, unfamiliar, and unimaginable. No matter how much we talk about what has happened, it is not going to change anything. The truth is we have no ot...

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Perspective

Breast Prostheses Add Immeasurable Value
By Andrea Coomans, CMF


Prosthetists and orthotists are in the business of compassion. Nothing is so rewarding as seeing a person once ill, physically disabled, or emotionally broken, regain his or her quality of life. It is a gift to witness a patient's confidence growi...

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Editor's Message

Editor’s Note


O&P care is far more encompassing than the provision of devices, but the devices are an essential element of restoring function and mobility to patients. Despite advances in scanning, CAD/CAM, and 3D-printing technology, fabrication of those devi...

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