The Pediatric Issue - May 2019

Feature

Preparing Young Patients With Cancer for Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The epidemiology and outcomes associated with limb absence in the pediatric population are very different than those of the adult population. Among youth, congenital limb deficiencies outnumber acquired amputations by more than two to one. 1 Furth...

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Feature

How Does Caring for a Child With Disabilities Impact Quality of Life?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


It's easy to direct ourclinical attention directly to patients and focus on their immediate physicalneeds. However, understanding the psychosocial factors that impact theirexperiences and the care we provide allows us to treat them holistically,ra...

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Feature

Unity Through Diversity, Part 2: Women Executive Leaders Guide O&P Education, Credentialing
By Miki Fairley


With a decade or more of service each, three women executive leaders have been guiding the education, training, and certification of incoming orthotists and prosthetists as well as other O&P specialists including technicians, assistants, pedorthis...

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Academy Society Spotlight

Regulations and Remolding: Where Cranial Remolding and the FDA Meet
By Kelly Millay, MPO


Throughout history, cultures around the world have used the malleability of an infant's skull to intentionally deform it through binding the head with cloth, applying flat boards to the front or back of the head, or strapping an infant to a cradle...

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Today's Consumer

Mario Armendariz Ortega: Amputation Doesn’t Set Brother Apart
By Betta Ferrendelli


At first glance, most people will have a nearly impossible time telling identical seven-year-old twins Mario and Devin Armendariz Ortega apart. They are typical twins, the same as much as they are different; they dress the same, use the collective...

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Perspective

Why Compete With Your Customers?
By Mahesh Mansukhani


For many years orthotics and prosthetics flourished in combination. Eventually though, their paths diverged and recently they've been in stark contrast to one another. After enjoying a surge of research investments and innovation since the 1940s,...

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On Topic

Tech Tools for the Business Owner
By Erin Cammarata


I once did a presentation titled "The Adolescent Years" about how practices operate and how business owners tend to run their companies the same throughout their entire life cycles. I challenge every business owner to reflect on the question: Are...

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Industry Review - Associations and Conferences

Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium: Educate, Influence, Empower
By Betta Ferrendelli


More than 1,600 people attended the 2019 National Meeting of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (the Academy) March 6-9 in Orlando, Florida. The event drew O&P professionals worldwide to the City Beautiful to experience four days of...

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - May 2019
By Andrea Spridgen


Optimal provision of healthcare services requires looking beyond just treating the specific disorder, disease, or mobility issue the patient presents with—it requires understanding the patient as an individual, including the day-to-day factors th...

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