2016 Orthotic, Prosthetic, Pedorthic Trade Show Schedule

To assist with planning your 2016 O&P Industry conference planning, we’ve compiled a list of events, dates, and locations for you.

If you find this information useful, we appreciate if you’d share the link with your colleagues by email and social media.

Event Date Location
Hanger Education Fair 1-6 February 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada
Rehab Science & Technology Update 7-10 February 2016 Tel-Aviv, Israel
22nd OPAI National Conference 12-14 February 2016 New Delhi, India
Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium 9-12 March 2016 Orlando, Florida
2016 Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of New Zealand Annual Meeting 18-19 March 2016 Napier, New Zealand
BAPO Conference 2016 18-20 March 2016 Coventry, UK
PrimeFare West 2016 20-21 March 2016 Denver, Colorado
Annual Congress in Technical Orthopedics 27-29 March 2015 Germany
Rehacare & Orthopedic China 2016 25-27 March 2016 Guangzhou, China
Northwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Bellevue, Washington
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Dallas, Texas
ACPOC 2016 Annual Meeting 13-16 April 2016 Broomfield, Colorado
Ohio Chapter AAOP Meeting 15-16 April 2016 Columbus, Ohio
Jahreskongress Technische Orthopädie 15-17 April 2016 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Georgia Chapter AAOP Meeting 21-23 April 2016 Atlanta, Georgia
PrimeFare Central 2016 22-23 April 2016 Tulsa, Oklahoma
OTWorld 2016 3-6 May 2016 Leipzig, Germany
WOMOPA Annual Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Reno, Nevada
New York State Chapter AAOP Meeting 11-13 May 2016 Albany, New York
Pennsylvania Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
IAAPOC Annual Meeting 19-21 May 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
SOSORT-IRSSD Combined Meeting 25-28 May 2016 Alberta, Canada
10th ISPRM World Congress 29 May-2 June 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Louisiana Association State Meeting 2-4 June 2016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Amputee Coalition National Conference 9-11 June 2016 Greensboro, North Carolina
PrimeFare East 2016 24-25 June 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
APMA-PFA Combined Meeting 14-17 July 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Florida Chapter AAOP Meeting 14-16 July 2016 Orlando, Florida
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-13 August 2016 San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Chapter AAOP Meeting 18-20 August 2016 Reston, Virginia
AOPA National Assembly 2016 8-11 September 2016 Boston, Massachusetts
Northern Plains Chapter AAOP Meeting 13-14 October 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tennessee Chapter AAOP Meeting 6-8 October 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
New England Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 3-5 November 2016 Rosemont, Illinois
New Jersey Chapter AAOP Meeting 9-11 November 2016 Atlantic City, New Jersey

If you find that we’ve missed any national or international O&P trade events or have made any errors, please contact us.

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Tamarack Habilitation Technologies and Knit-Rite Announce Strategic Partnership

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(January 12, 2016) Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA) and Knit-Rite, Inc (Kansas City, Kansas, USA) are pleased to announce a strategic supply partnership to deliver a new line of skin protection options for patients using orthotic-prosthetic and complex rehab technologies.

The first major initiative between the two organizations begins this January with the launch of a new line of GlideWear® SmartKnit® Seamless Shear Protection Socks and an Above-Knee Brim Sheath, hybrid products from Tamarack featuring Knit-Rite’s proprietary SmartKnit® technology and Tamarack’s patented GlideWear® low friction fabric technology.

“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Knit-Rite, another well-respected leader in the Orthotic & Prosthetic field. The merging of Tamarack’s patented strategic shear and microclimate management textile technology with Knit-Rite’s high quality knit textile products will bring real value to patients at risk for tissue wounds and pressure ulcers”, says Joe Hofmeister, CEO at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.

Mark Smith CP(r), CEO at Knit-Rite adds, “Knit-Rite is excited about the collaboration with Tamarack as it further supports our commitment to providing innovative textile solutions that help patients have the best quality of life possible.”

About Tamarack Habilitation Technologies

Based in Blaine, Minnesota, USA, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in ankle-foot biomechanics, wheelchair seating, and friction management technologies.

Tamarack’s most recent technological innovation, GlideWear® shear protection fabric technology, is under development and in commercial use in a number of specific product applications, including wheelchair seat cushion and headrest covers, prosthetic liner patches, shear protection socks and underwear, and bedding.

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

About Knit-Rite, Inc.

Based in Kansas City, Kansas USA, Knit-Rite, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer, and manufacturer of innovative textiles for medical and consumer markets. Knit-Rite has manufactured medical textile solutions that promote mobility, protection, and comfort for more than 90 years.

For more information about Knit-Rite, Inc., visit www.knitrite.com

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

763-795-0057

jasonp@tamarackhti.com

 

Kam Howard, EVP Marketing

Knit-Rite Inc.

913-279-6345

khoward@knitrite.com

Tamarack Wins 2015 Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award

We’re excited to announce that Tamarack Habilitation Technologies was awarded the Best New Products: Textiles category winner at the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards last night, sponsored by Minnesota Business Magazine.

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Nominations for this year’s award were collected over a two-month period and reviewed by an external judging panel, consisting of industry experts across all professional platforms. The two other finalists in this category included Clothier Design Source and Safe Reflections Inc. For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards Feature online.

Tamarack recently launched a series of new GlideWear® Shear Protection products, featuring the company’s patented, dual layer strategic friction management fabric technology. GlideWear products currently include shear protection wheelchair cushion & headrest covers, underwear, socks, and prosthetic liner patches.

Unlike other dual layer products on the market, Tamarack strategically applies it’s low friction fabric technology only in at-risk areas, where skin breakdown has previously occurred or where individuals are likely to develop pressure ulcers and breakdown while using various seating, support surface, and mobility devices. GlideWear products intentionally avoid featuring low friction fabric properties in surrounding (non at-risk areas) to optimize functional stability and comfort for the user.

Tamarack would like to thank Minnesota Business Magazine and the esteemed panel of judges for considering and selecting GlideWear technology as a category winner at the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards!

ShearBan Testimonial – Chainsaws and Body Powered Prosthesis Straps

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Paul Davis from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA writes (5/26/2015),

We have lived in a rural setting for 25 years.  We supplement our heat with a high efficiency wood burner.  Several times each year dead trees are felled to be cut into the appropriate size for splitting and firebox fit.  I am an AE amputee with a shoulder fusion and wear a body powered prosthesis with a figure eight harness and number 7 terminal device.

I am the sole operator of our two chainsaws.  Historically, after several hours of chainsaw work, I had developed an open and large surface wound/blister above my right clavicle.  With limited sensation from a brachial plexus injury, the significant abrasion goes unnoticed until I disrobe.

I was provided with a product called Shearban several weeks ago after my latest injury removing 2 of 10 trees had mostly healed.  We placed the Shearban on the strap responsible for abrasion and after felling, removing the limbs, and sectioning 4 more trees, I am pleased to report no indication of enhanced or new abrasion.  An appreciated innovation!  Thank you.

We greatly appreciate feedback from our customers. If you have a ShearBan story to share, please email us or leave a comment below.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Recommended reading for nurse, therapists, physicians, orthotists, prosthetists, and individuals who rely on assistive technology for daily activity.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Written by Janet Dean, MS, RN, CRRN, CRNP. The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland.

Published on the Transverse Myelitis Association website, Janet Dean’s article provides a easy-to-follow and detailed overview of  skin breakdown risk factors (pressure, friction, shear, and microclimate) and numerous considerations for preventing and treating skin breakdown.

In addition to providing an excellent overview on the subject of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment for healthcare professionals, the article is also highly relevant for individuals who rely on wheelchairs or orthotic/prosthetic devices for mobility as well as those who spend extended amounts of time in bed due to mobility restrictions or hospitalization.

Daily skin checks are an essential first line of defense against the development of pressure ulcers that can often be prevented before they become serious and even life-threatening wounds. It’s always recommended to consult your primary caregiver or specialist if you believe a wound has developed due to the use of a medical/assistive technology device.

Continue to the article, Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch Continuing Ed Course

In partnership with Becker Orthopedic and clinicians, Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP and Kevin Hines, CPO of Arise Orthotics and Prosthetics (Minneapolis, MN USA), Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch scientific & clinical case presentation.

The presentation, New Intervention for the Management of Skin Breakdown for Amputees, is available for viewing online and qualifies licensed Prosthetists and Orthotists for 1.5 continuing education credits from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.

This presentation will provide healthcare professionals with…

  • A basic understanding of the concept of friction management and its role in wound care and prevention
  • A review of the pro’s and con’s of traditional products used to treat and prevent skin breakdown for amputees
  • An introduction to a new skin breakdown solution, called the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch
  • Highlights from a series of individual case studies using the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch to support the healing and prevention of skin breakdown

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Steps to Obtain Continuing Education Credit:

1) Watch the online presentation (click the image at left)

2) Complete the 10-question exam (80% score to pass)

3) Submit exam to Becker Orthopedic for grading and credit allocation.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this presentation, please leave a reply on this page or email us

The GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch is manufactured by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. and distributed to O&P suppliers worldwide by Becker Orthopedic. 

Choosing the Optimal Patch Size with GlideWear or ShearBan

Whether you’re trying ShearBan (self-adhesive PTFE sheets & patches) or GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patches (2-ply silk-like shear reducing fabric) for the first time or are looking to optimize your patch size and placement for maximum performance and cost savings, SIZE does matter. This post serves to provide guidance and considerations in choosing the correct patch size for your individual need.

New from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch is indicated for lower limb amputees who experience discomfort or skin breakdown on their residual limb due to interface pressure and shear between the socket, liner, and skin.

The GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch is currently available in two sizes:

Small (standard) – measuring 2.5 inch x 4.75 inch (6 cm x 12 cm)GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch

Large – measuring 4.5 inch x 7.5 inch (11 cm x 19 cm)

In choosing the correct size for you or your client’s needs, consider starting with the small size, which is optimal in MOST applications. Whether you’re using the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch to relieve or prevent discomfort and skin breakdown on the patalla, popliteal, distal anterior tibia, or fibular head, we only recommend using a patch that’s slightly larger than the area of concern.

If the small patch provides insufficient coverage due to limb size/volume or wound size, only then do we recommend selecting the larger patch size. Wrinkling is also reduced or eliminated when patch size is optimized and not exceeding the size of the limb.

Keep in mind that prosthetic liners are used for suspension, so the least amount of spot reduction of “hot spots” or pressure areas is the goal. 


 

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ShearBan, another friction & shear interface technology from Tamarack, is also intended to provide friction & shear reduction in areas of concern and not throughout the entire device. Because ShearBan’s ultra-slick PTFE surface is slippery as ice, the material should be used to spot relieve friction & shear wherever hot spots, blisters, ulceration, or callusing appears.

ShearBan is available in 8 inch x 12 inch sheets for custom trimming as well as 1.75 in x 2.75 inch oval patches for easy placement on footwear, insoles, and medical devices.

For more information about GlideWear and ShearBan, visit www.tamarackhti.com.

GlideWear and ShearBan are manufactured in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. Contact us with questions or feedback!