Shining the Light on Prosthetic Solutions

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Shining the Light on Prosthetic Solutions

Each year, April is recognized as Limb Loss Awareness Month. In the U.S. alone, approximately 185,000 amputations occur annually. About 67 percent involve upper or lower limb loss, while 45 percent are the result of a traumatic injury. Among the yearly total of amputations, about 15,000 are work-related.

While incredibly traumatic, injured workers can regain some, if not all, function with the use of a well-crafted prothesis. Often, regaining function leads to newfound independence and a positive mental outlook.

One Call’s clinical review manager and ABC certified prosthetist, Jennifer McCarthy, is dedicated to ensuring injured workers receive the prosthetic device that best fits their needs. With more than 20 years of experience in advanced prosthetics fittings and development, she regularly creates educational programs for prosthetists, nurses, and case managers.

This spring, Jennifer is slated to give two presentations focused on limb loss and prosthetics. On April 27, she will discuss solutions for digit amputations through One Call’s spring webinar series. She then heads to Kissimmee, Florida on June 3 for the 2022 Case Management Society of America Conference where she will present on prothesis selection and lifetime costs.

To learn more about these educational sessions and register, read the full session descriptions below:  

Shining the Light on Prosthetic SolutionsFinger Amputations: Functional Impact and Solutions 

Presented by One Call University
April 27 | 1 p.m. EDT – CLICK TO REGISTER   

Losing a single finger due to injury can dramatically alter an individual’s life and career. In this session, we will examine the impact of digit amputations on overall impairment and explore innovative solutions. We will review both smart technologies and prosthetics, as well as the costs of maintaining these options. This course will also address factors influencing acceptance of an upper limb prosthesis, in order to reduce abandonment or rejection of a device.

This is Going to Cost Me an Arm and a Leg

CMSA: June 3
There are many factors to consider when selecting a prosthesis, making it vital that a skilled prosthetist and therapist collaborate with the care team to select an appropriate device.

The first step is to determine the function, socket style, suspension, shape, supplies, required anatomy, and required range of motion of the prosthesis. Based on this unique set of needs, replacement frequency, supplies, and lifetime costs will be estimated and reviewed by the case manager to ensure ideal recovery outcomes are achieved.

During this session, the prothesis selection process will be discussed in-depth; addressing what considerations should be made when determining style, frequency of replacements, and the cumulative costs for maintaining a device over the lifetime of the user.

For more information about One Call’s best-in-class prosthetics clinical review program, email Jennifer McCarthy at Jennifer_McCarthy@onecallcm.com.

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