O&P Facility Design: A Blueprint for Success
By Judith Philipps Otto
Times are too tough to frivol away O&P profits in the form of burnt offerings to the god of architecture. But tight budget notwithstanding, today's O&P business owner is faced with the dilemma of keeping up and making progress or getting run off t...
To Lease or to Buy?
By Randy Schmitke, CPA, MBA
To make the best decision for your business regarding operations space, carefully consider both financial and strategic aspects. Weigh advantages and disadvantages, and then measure the resulting implications. Remember that no one element of the d...
Safety Considerations in Facility Design
By Sherry Metzger
Whether you are designing and constructing a new O&P facility or renovating an existing one, patient and employee safety considerations are important. Creating a safe, nurturing, and healing environment for patients that is also functionally effic...
Conceive-Ability: A New Model for an Old Practice
By Karen Henry
When Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, founded Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc., he vowed that his company would be different from the rest. Jeffrey T.
By Sherry Metzger
Wyatt Hogue shows how his Utah Arm works with his motorcycle. Thirteen years after losing his arm in a car accident, 35-year-old Wyatt Hogue retells the tale with surprising humor and adds that he's more active now than ever before. "I was a pa...
A New Breed for a Changing Landscape
By Todd Saucier, CO(c), RTPO
Editor's Note: As new graduates enter the O&P industry, they bring with them a very different life and career outlook than those entering the workforce 20-30 years ago. Todd Saucier provides his perspective on how business leaders can reach out an...
Policy & Practice
Educate Your Sales Staff, and Avoid Conflicts of Interest
By John Latsko
The assumption that the federal antikickback law only applies to physicians and indirect or direct remuneration provided physicians to induce them to make patient referrals is incorrect. Remuneration of any kind offered to an orthotist or prost...
AbilityTrek 2007 Dan Sheret Ertl amputee and long-distance endurance cyclist Dan Sheret recently announced an updated itinerary for AbilityTrek 2007, an adventure in which he will cycle about 16,000 miles across four continents. Sheret's...
Progress on Parity
Parity Campaign Moving Full Speed Ahead
By Morgan Sheets
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) national parity campaign is making great strides this year. With 22 states now in play and six laws on the books, prosthetic parity is truly becoming a national trend. Texas recently held a rally to seek supp...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
There are a lot of great reasons to pay attention to reimbursement practices. The provider that manages reimbursement poorly is slow to get paid and may even violate Medicares rules and regulations without knowing it. Count on "Got FAQs?" to keep...
Changes at The EDGE
By Karen Henry
The O&P EDGE kicked off the new year with a number of changes-my position as editor being one of them. Last month, Meredy DeBorde, our marketing and sales director, left the publication. She said she is going to "step back and take a nice...
The BRIO allows instant heel
height changes while maintaining optimal alignment.
- Pyramid receiver attaches to any foot with a proximal male
- Single push button allows wearer to quickly adjust the foot for
different shoes or activities.
- Maintains optimum alignment, reducing stress on residual
- Adjusts up to 1 ¼ in., 26cm foot.
- 275-lb. weight limit.
- Two-year warranty.
Since its 2006 release, the OMEGA®
Carver has impressed facility owners globally because of
its many benefits:
- 3-axis versatility carves BK, AK, Symes, AFOs, Spinals, Feet,
- Accuracy to ± 1/16 in. on 4 in. diameter, 20 in. long
- Complete integration with OMEGA Tracer® clinical and
- Integrated dust-control system, yet fits through standard
- Economical pricing including OMEGA Tracer owner discounts.
Seeing the benefits of this unique carver,
independent facility owners and government facilities in U.S.,
Canada, Mexico, and South Africa have already purchased
Ohio Willow Wood
Receive a FREE "Catch the Wave"
T-shirt with every SPS purchase order placed between March
1 and May 31, 2007, for either the Iceross® Stabilo or Dermo
3mm liner with the Wave feature.
The bendable section of the Wave functions like
the bendable section of a drinking straw. The circumferential wave
design of the liner fabric
extends over the front of the knee, providing additional
elasticity, thus reducing the energy needed to bend the knee and
the pressure over the patella.
Please specify your Wave T-shirt size
preference (LG, XL, or XXL) when ordering.
Cascade offers the entire line of
Trulife's Naturalwear breast
forms and bras including style 210, now
available in pink and raspberry!
Fitting shallow to average profiles, style 210 features tailored
styling with lace overlay at the neckline. Supportive elastic
straps adjust in back, and soft cotton pockets hold the breast form
securely in place. Also available in nude, black, and white.
Naturalwear bras are available in more than 30
styles in a wide range of sizes. Naturalwear
breast forms feature lightweight
silicone construction, choices in degree of protection, and
multiple shapes and sizes.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply
SPS now distributes the complete line of
LEEDer Group (LG) products throughout the United
States and Canada. LG products may be ordered
online or through any of SPS three sales centers (Atlanta, Georgia;
Paso Robles, California; or Port Orange, Florida).
LGs products encompass a complete spectrum of
high-quality orthotic products:
- Foot orthotics featuring the popular Multi-Podus Boot and Bed
- Lower- and upper-extremity orthotics
- Back brace orthotics
- Simple braces and supports
The PacificTM Adjustable
Collar is designed to provide your patients with effective
control of cervical spine motion. Now, when necessary, that control
can be extended with a new Thoracic Extension (TE)
Includes the following features:
- Intended for low cervical/high thoracic immobilization.
- Available in one height-adjustable size.
- Quickly and easily snaps-on to the PacificTM
- Can be purchased separately or as a fully assembled CTO.
Otto Bock HealthCare introduces the Acro
Assist, an arm abduction orthosis that gives patients
precise shoulder positioning. Its lightweight design allows for
comfort and ease while delivering sturdy positioning and support
for acute care and post-surgical patients.
The Acro Assist comes pre-assembled with an
adjustable abduction wedge that makes it simple to give patients
the perfect positioning at 30, 60, or 90 degrees without numerous
adjustments. Arm straps and hand pads add to the products
versatility making the Acro Assist easy to
customize for any patient.
Otto Bock HealthCare
The Modular Laminated KAFO combines the
conveniences of a modular system with the rigidity and lightweight
characteristics of composites to create a user-friendly laminated
Components can be easily detached and adjusted for ease of
fitting, adjustment, and replacement. The laminated sections of the
orthosis are now fabricated around the metal components and
attached with screws.
Includes the following features:
- Lightweight. Typical KAFO weighs only 2.6 lb.
- Components can easily be detached for fitting, adjustment, and
- Cosmetically appealing, streamlined design.
fabrication services are now available from Spinal
Solutions. All styles of plastic AFOs, KAFOs, and HKAFOs are
available. Our quick turnaround means you get it when you need it.
Guaranteed quality ensures your complete satisfaction.
Certified practitioners fabricate each orthosis to your exact
specifications and provide peer-to-peer communication with your
staff. Our "Best-Price Guarantee" affords peace of mind knowing
youre getting the absolute best value (in most cases in excess of
15 percent). Bundle your LE work with ours, and save even more!
Spinal Solutions Inc
PEL Supply Company has released its comprehensive
new 2007 Orthotic Catalog. More than 300 pages of
orthotic products, components, tools, accessories, and new products
from hundreds of manufacturers are shown in clear, close-up
photographs. Product descriptions include specifications, options,
measuring instructions, warranty, and weight limit information as
well as easy-to-follow ordering instructions and examples.
Enclosed in a three-ring binder, the perfect-bound
catalog is divided into 13 sections and features a
master index for quick reference. This catalog is
essential for any practicing orthotist and for those working with
patients. Also available on CD.
PEL Supply Company
and VertaLux Lite,TM a new bracing
solution for comfortable torso support and spinal motion
restriction, featuring a fabric front with a pocket containing a
semi-rigid molded Kydex insert and a rigid posterior. The anterior
panel is pre-drilled for attachment of the optional
ExtenderTM. Each piece is separately attached by hook
and loop panels, ensuring an impeccable fit.
Available with LSO, TLSO, and mid-profile LSO backs; and
standard-profile, mid-profile, and low-profile fronts in seven
mix-and-match unisex sizes. All styles come with either a standard
polyethylene back (VertaLux) or a soft,
tri-polymer lamination back (VertaLux Lite).
Hope Orthopedic Inc
The sound of silence is certainly cause for
celebration--$200 worth of celebrating. For a limited time, you can
experience the new, quieter Whisper eVAC system
and receive a $200 discount on every SPS purchase through March 31,
2007. The $200 discount also applies to SPS purchase orders for the
original eVAC through March 31.
Providing many of the great features of the original eVAC, the
new Whisper eVAC incorporates a lower audio
warning system and lower vibratory system.
The user-friendly, microprocessor-controlled
Whisper and Original eVAC systems
are designed for volume control and reducing moisture buildup in
the residual limb.