Central Fab - April 2015

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Quality Assurance: Fabricating the Best Device Every Time
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Paying close attention to quality assurance (QA) isa necessity for O&P central fabrication labs. Havinga good QA process in place helps them produceconsistently good work, be more productive, reducewaste from mistakes, and promote a good reputatio...

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ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: Teaching Techniques for a Central Fabrication Facility
By Russell L. Eral


Many technicians were taught our craft by individuals skilled in their fields. We learned by watching them,listening to their insights, and practicing those skills ourselves. While some of us may have had excellentteachers who walked us through th...

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Feature

The Expanding Options of Partial Hand Prostheses
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Individuals with limb loss at the partial hand and partialfinger levels, whether due to traumatic amputation orcongenital deficiency, constitute the largest patientpopulations within the realm of upper-limb absence. Despite their prevalence, prost...

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Industry Leader

James “Jay” Martin, CP/L, FAAOP: Inventor Embodies the Entrepreneurial Spirit, Inspires Others
By Miki Fairley


James "Jay" Martin, CP/L, FAAOP, founder and president of MartinBionics Innovations, Oklahoma City, is passionate about invention,innovation, and entrepreneurship, and he wants to ignite that flamein others. Martin works with the NASA team to help...

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Today’s Consumer

Jessica Crumpton West: Attitude is Everything
By Betta Ferrendelli


For Jessica Crumpton West, a 31-year-old wife and mother of threeyoung sons, attitude is everything. On December 30, 2011, in Montgomery, Alabama, Crumpton Westhad put a large pot of collards on the stove to boil. Her uncle was living withCrumpton...

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Advocacy

What the Academy’s Role in the Alliance Means to Its Members and O&P Professionals
By Peter Rosenstein, Academy executive director


In February, we introduced the first of our series of articles about theOrthotic and Prosthetic Alliance (O&P Alliance) to highlight united advocacyefforts in the profession. This issue features reflections about the role of theAmerican Academy of...

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Sports

Rhythm Rally Fundraiser: Snowboarding for a Cause
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


The Fairplay ski run at CopperMountain ski resort, Colorado,was closed to the public onFebruary 2. Replacing the mogulsthat usually pepper the evergreentree-flanked hill was a banked slalom,single-track snowboard course. Theseries of about 20 turn...

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Perspective

Toward Collaboration: The 3D-Printing Community and O&P Professionals
By Jon Schull, PhD


In July 2013, I founded e-NABLE, aglobal community of volunteers whodevelop and distribute free, 3D-printedupper-limb prostheses to children whowere born missing fingers. Our Google+community has since grown to morethan 4,000 members, we have deli...

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Shop Talk

Shop Essentials: Preparing the Cast, Mixing Plaster, and Pouring the Mold
By Ronnie Graves, BOCPO/L, CO, CTP


In my travels around the country speaking to a wide variety of O&Pfabrication technicians and fabrication business owners, I've found thatsome of the most back-to-basics skills are often the most overlookedand underappreciated in training. And yet...

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Face to Face

David Dage, CPA, CTP


A native Californian, David Dage, CPA, CTP, started his O&P career shortly after graduatingfrom high school. He now lives in New Hampshire, where he likes to spend as muchtime outdoors as possible, hiking in the mountains and appreciating the seas...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Whenyou have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keepyour claims on track.

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Industry Review - Conferences

A Meeting of the Minds at the Academy’s 41st Annual Meeting


New Orleans was the gatheringplace for the 1,700 O&P professionalswho convened for the41st Annual Meeting & ScientificSymposium of the American Academyof Orthotists and Prosthetists(the Academy). It began February 18,the day after the city ended i...

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Industry Review - Conferences

US ISPO: Reaching Beyond Our Borders—Cuba 2015


The U.S. National Member Society of theInternational Society for Prosthetics andOrthotics (US ISPO) sponsored an educational, interactive conferenceand tour to Cuba, January 25-29. The tour was designed for O&P and otherphysical rehabilitation pro...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Hanger's 2015 Education Fair and National Meeting


More than 850 clinicians andtherapists attended the Hanger,Austin, Texas, 2015 AnnualEducation Fair and National Meeting,held February 2-6 at the Rio Hotel,Las Vegas. In addition to providingcontinuing education on orthotic,prosthetic, and therape...

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Viewpoint

Standardization in a Customized Industry
By Andrea Spridgen


It may seem peculiar to talk about standardization inO&P since a key piece of the profession's narrative is thefrequent need for custom devices and custom solutionsfor patients. However, standardization of processes whilefabricating custom devices...

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Online Exclusive

The Friddles: An O&P Family Tree


In the May issue of The O&P EDGE, Better Business will focus on the ins and outs of purchasing and running the family business. The article uses the advice and experience of Rachel Friddle-Johnson, CPO, and Rebecca Friddle, who purchased Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances, Honea Path, South Carolina, from their father Frank Friddle Jr., CO. As with many O&P stories, the Friddle family has been well-represented in the profession for decades.

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Online Exclusive

The O&P EDGE Offers Unique Advertising Opportunity as ISPO Media Partner


The O&P EDGE, an independent, cutting-edge O&P publication, is excited to be chosen as a media partner for the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) 2015 World Congress, slated for June 19-23 in Lyon, France.

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