A Global View Of O&P - May 2017

Baylor Partnership Develops New Model to Aid Sri Lankan Amputees

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Disaster relief efforts typically require arriving on-scene with emergency solutions as quickly as possible. This is not the priority with rendering O&P aid in Sri Lanka, a country whose 26-year civil war ended eight years ago.

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Europe’s Pursuit of a Better Transhumeral Residual Limb

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The typical transhumeral residual limb presents a challenge to prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation. The cylindrical shape and conical dimensions of the residual humerus, and the lack of distal insertions of the residual muscle bellies make prosthetic suspension problematic and allow the prosthesis to rotate around the long axis of the limb. The result can be an unstable connection between the limb and the socket.

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Culturally Sensitive Care

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Early in my career as a prosthetist, I worked with an elderly patient after she had a transtibial amputation. She returned repeatedly for follow-up visits with vague and inconsistent reports of discomfort and pain after the initial fi...

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Norm Lawrence: Surviving the Unimaginable

Today’s Consumer

In a life full of near-death experiences, using a prosthetic leg has been perhaps one of the easier challenges for Norm Lawrence to overcome. "He's one of those guys who has nine lives or more," says Mark Benveniste, a retired prosthetist who treated Lawrence for several years and is now one of his close friends. Surviving any one of the disasters that befell Lawrence would be astounding for most people, Benveniste says, but Lawrence's ability to make it through them all and keep a positive, kind attitude is what makes him truly remarkable.

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Developing an Action Plan for Your Business, Part II

Better Business

In the first article of this series , published in the April 2017 issue of The O&P EDGE ,  I presented a persuasive case for conducting a business review and developing an action plan to help guide your efforts and focus your energies in light of the ever-changing healthcare environment. As a refresher, developing the action plan has four steps: Defining your purpose Deconstructing your business Developing the picture Distributing the work Having previously defined the purpose of the business-in this example, to restore lives-and deconstructed the business to establish its fundamental building blocks, we can advance to Step 3: Developing the picture, which entails adding depth to the building blocks. This article develops the first four building blocks.

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An Unconventional Path to O&P

Perspective

On August 8, 1997, just before my 12th birthday, a speeding car jumped the sidewalk and crashed into me. I was hit on my left side and suffered nerve damage that resulted in foot drop, which required me to begin using an orthosis and join the many people who rely on orthoses for the rest of their lives. Despite this early exposure to O&P, I only recently began to consider it as a profession or, rather, a calling.

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Who Have You Inspired Lately?

On Topic

If we're going to build a business, we not only need raving fan clients, we need a raving fan culture. Culture meaning everybody on your team works to create raving fan experiences. You've got to create raving fans if you want to be successful.

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ACPOC 2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

Industry Review - Associations and Conferences

The Association of Children's Prosthetic- Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) 2017 Annual Meeting was held March 22-25 in Houston. As is the custom, the meeting was a collaboration between multidisciplinary healthcare team members who provide services for children who have musculoskeletal disorders. Jorge A.

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Sharing Knowledge, Gaining Perspectives

Viewpoint

Early this month, O&P professionals and other representatives of the rehabilitation healthcare professions will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress to share their knowledge,...

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