Amazing Outcomes - August 2011

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Creating the Optimal Patient Experience
By Deanna Fish, MS, CPO


What Is the Patient Experience? The patient experience is widely discussed, but rarely defined. Most patient-satisfaction surveys report on a patient's experience relative to a single encounter rather than the collective experiences of all interac...

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Amputee Patient Comfort and Compliance
Exclusive Survey Results


The O&P EDGE and the Amputee Coalition are proud to present the results of our inaugural amputee patient survey. The purpose of this survey was to gain a better understanding of amputee behavior related to prosthesis wear. Specifically, we asked p...

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Elective Amputation: Making the Decision
By Judith Philipps Otto


For prosthetists, therapists, and other members of the rehab team, limb loss presents a threshold to new possibilities-a first step toward functional mobility. For the individual struggling with the decision to sacrifice a body part, amputation is...

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Extraordinary O&P

Sean Reyngoudt Takes to the Skies
By Laura Hochnadel


Sean Reyngoudt exhibits a certain grace reserved for gymnasts and acrobats as he dances on water and flies through the air, exceeding speeds of 30 miles per hour and reaching heights of 150 feet. Rather than being self-propelled, however, his feet...

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Perspective

Making a Case for Amputee Case Managers
By Andrea Puckett


Recently, someone asked me, "Exactly what is your role as an amputee case manager?" I thought for a moment and said, "I help amputees and their families find a new normal." When new amputees are thrown into a world that is new to them, which is so...

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Shop Talk

How to Thermoform a Plastic Lining
By Jason Kimmel


Elevated vacuum sockets are a fabulous innovation. The limb's weight bearing force is evenly distributed throughout the total surface of the socket, rather than spot specific. For the patient, that translates to a better and more comfortably fitti...

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Sports

UCO Endeavor Games; No Barriers Summit


UCO Endeavor Games Unite Novice and Elite Athletes The 12th annual University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, (UCO) Endeavor Games, held June 9-12, gave nearly 300 athletes the chance to compete in 11 sport competitions including archery, shooting, r...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Wendy A. Carter, LPN, CFom


Wendy A. Carter says a twist of fate led her to a career in O&P. An obstetrics/gynecology nurse by trade, she spent the summer of 2005 doing missionary healthcare in Nicaragua and volunteering with the American Red Cross, assisting with hurricane...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for an O&P practice seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help answer your toughest questions. This month's column addresses your questions about billing codes for spinal electrical osteogenesis stimulators, Med...

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Viewpoint

“Knowledge Speaks…Wisdom Listens”
By Karen Henry


When it comes to patient compliance, O&P clinicians know there is a big difference between hearing and listening. Many healthcare providers can relate to the experience of talking with a patient who seems to be following instructions and guidance,...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Expands Training Program


EDGE Direct In support of the launch of the ORION, our newest microprocessor knee, Endolite is pleased to announce an expanded training program that includes certification courses for the ORION. Our expanded training program began April 8, with...

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