Thursday, April 25, 2024

Shrinkers and donning aids

Stephanie M Legare-Romero

For those who are providing shrinkers to patients postoperatively in the hospital, or to new amputees before their first prosthesis:

Are you providing donning aids? Are you saving coffee cans and giving them out? What are your solutions to those who need donning aid?

If you do provide a donning aid, is it free (with shrinker)? Do you charge? How much? Do you use a code?

I was curious because a local inpatient rehabilitation facility complained to us, stating “Unnamed Company X always provides donning aids for their patients.”

I was curious to see if it was standard for the industry to provide donning aids or if there are other ways you have approached it.

I am aware of a few things (like the classic large coffee can, having two people help put it on), but I really want to know what facilities are PROVIDING TO PATIENTS with the shrinker, in addition to “tips” on how to don them.

Doesn’t matter BK or AK, although we do more BK than AK.

Stephanie Romero, CO, MSPO
Certified Orthotist/Prosthetic Resident
Carrie Tingley Hospital/University of New Mexico Hospital
Phone: 505-272-5335
Fax: 505-272-4232

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