The Central Fab Issue 2021 - July 2021

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In Pursuit of Greener O&P Production
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Kyle Trivisonno, CTP, knew he had found his calling as soon as he started his first job as a prosthetic technician. Trivisonno, founder of Human Plant Solutions, headquartered in Newton, Kansas, had dyslexia and had struggled through school. A te...

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Feature

3D Printing: Making It Work
By Judith Philipps Otto


On a quest to discover the rate at which additive printing is living up to its early promise in O&P and celebrating its realized potential in exciting new ways and venues, we discovered some unanticipated anomalies. Although innovation and success...

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Feature

Making a Statement: Customization Trends in Upper-limb Prosthetics
By Robert Dodson, CPO, FAAOP, Brennan Hooper, Rob Duerksen, and Sherri Edge


We live in a visual society where appearances matter, and the evidence of this is all around us. People express who they are through how they look—their clothing, hair style, body art, eyewear, and physique. This focus on personal appearance is p...

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Clinical Issues

Using Applied Behavioral Analysis to Improve Compliance in O&P
By Emma Newland, MSPO


Using Applied Behavioral Analysis to Improve Compliance in O&P O&P devices require training, know-how, and expertise to fabricate, but even the best device cannot aid the patient if it is not used correctly. Reduced adherence to treatment plans a...

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On Topic

Dangers of the Unwritten Standard
By Erin Cammarata


The topic for this article came to me like most do: I saw a trend in my practice. I came across several "unwritten standards" at O&P practices in one week. When clients call us for advice, I always ask, "What is your standard process or protocol f...

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Perspective

How Long Does AFO Delivery Take? How Long Should It Take?
By Nathanael Feehan, LPO


We all know that AFOs are the bread and butter of the orthotic profession. They provide the largest volume of our work. But there is much we do not know, which I discovered while trying to determine the national average for AFO delivery time.

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - July 2021
By Andrea Spridgen


With the exception of a few off-the-shelf braces, the effectiveness of orthotic and prosthetic devices relies on being customized for each patient's body. As such, their precise fabrication is an essential element in O&P. And though many techniqu...

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