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At least four key quality measures reveal that men are more greatly affected by complications associated with total joint replacement than women. The findings reverse common thinking that women undergo the procedure less frequently than men because women experienced worse outcomes.
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A new generation of nursing care beds was recently unveiled by Nuremberg-based Hermann Bock GmbH at the Altenpflege geriatric care trade fair. The new Bock “ultra low” beds are designed to be set to single-centimetre heights to allow for comfortable sleeping positions, according to a media release from Hermann Bock GmbH.
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A group of New York-area prosthetists are taking on the "one prosthesis per lifetime" policy of many insurers. The group established an online petition at www.onelimbforlife.com, and is gathering names to present to New York legislators as part of an effort to change the policy.
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The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has scheduled a 3-day continuing education seminar titled, “Women’s Health: Physical Therapy in Pregnancy and Postpartum.” The event features evidence-based content, hands-on training in examination and treatment techniques, and more.
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Individuals who are affected by limb loss have renewed assurance that clinics devoted to running and mobility will continue to be supported under a recent agreement between prosthetics manufacturer, Össur, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
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Rehab Management editorial director Frank Long caught up with the Permobil “Power Trip” Revolution Tour as it stopped at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, during the tour’s swing through the nation’s Western states.
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Permobil has expanded its position as a provider in the long-term rehabilitation marketplace with its recent acquisition of The ROHO Group, Belleville, Ill, a manufacturer of skin-protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users.
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Recently passed in Virginia, the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will allow many individuals in California whose disabilities occurred before age 26 to open one tax-exempt ABLE savings account to spend on qualified disability expenses.
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The APTA, AOTA, and ASHA are all asking Congress to include a permanent repeal of the therapy cap in new legislation introduced last week that aims to fix the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR).
Bedford, Mass-based ConforMIS Inc, has unveiled a new generation of the company’s iTotal CR (cruciate-retaining) total knee replacement, designed to improve procedural efficiency by reducing the number of intraoperative steps required during a knee replacement surgery.
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Butler Mobility Products, Lewisberry, Pa, a manufacturer of inclined platform wheelchair lifts, announces the new design of its IPL platform. This redesigned platform has an updated new look, in comparison to the more “industrial” look of the previous platform design.
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The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), Washington, DC, reports that more than 100 small health care providers have already shut down because of delays, and that an estimated backlog of 1.5 million appeals are stalled.
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James Rickert, MD, founder of the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedic Surgery, says physicians are driven to perform worthless surgeries by their own financial conflicts, and that the worst offenders are found within the field of orthopedics.
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Craig Hosptial, Englewood, Colo, reports that is has become the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital to achieve three consecutive Magnet designations. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program recently granted the status to Craig Hospital, making the facility one of fewer than 100 such facilities operating worldwide.
A composite image showing the multiple sensing capabilities of a prototype medical sensing device developed by GE researchers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation. Top-Left: Visual RGB Image; bottom-left: 3D Image; top-right: Multi-spectral Imaging and Recovered Feature Map and bottom-right: Thermal Imaging. Each of these provides insights to help assess whether a bed sore may be healing, getting worse or becoming infected. (Image courtesy of GE Global Research.)
A high-tech ally has just entered the battle against pressure sores. The device, developed jointly by the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and Niskayuna, NY-based GE Global Research, is a handheld probe that combines motion analysis, thermal profiling, 3D object reconstruction, and vapor detection.
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ROHO Inc, Belleville, Ill, recently launched the Smart Check personal electronic cushion security device, with the aim of providing wheelchair users real-time feedback about proper inflation levels for their ROHO cushions.
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Education Resources Inc is offering an education opportunity directed at helping therapists learn more about the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS). The new course focuses on creating and showing measurable change in neuro-pediatrics.
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A product-specific hold that was placed on several Snug Seat products for the last 18 months has been lifted by the FDA, according to a statement from Scott Crosswhite, vice president of the Matthews, NC-based company.
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Though women dominate both physical therapy and occupational therapy workforces, findings from the 2013 US Census estimate female therapists earn less than their male professional counterparts.
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Relief for chronic plantar fasciitis can be elusive, with the condition resolving and recurring over time. Recently, however, percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy was used to successfully treat plantar fasciitis, suggesting that safe and effective definitive treatment may not be far off.