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

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Free Pressure Ulcer Wound Care Webinar, Hosted by NPUAP

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention DayIn support of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, November 19, 2015, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is hosting a free, live webinar, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Levine, MD, titled History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present, and Future.

Dr. Levine’s presentation will review the history of pressure ulcers and wound care, highlight major challenges facing today’s practitioners caring for patients with pressure ulcers, and discuss the future of pressure ulcers and wound care.

Please note: This webinar qualifies for 1 hour of multidisciplinary CEU’s and registration is limited to only 1,000 individuals, so reserve your spot today!

For more information about this event, World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit http://www.npuap.org/.

Tamarack GlideWear Technology Announced As Finalist For 2015 Manufacturing Awards

MBS_MFG_logowebMBWe’re delighted to announce that Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has been announced as a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards for the development and commercialization of GlideWear® technology.

GlideWear is a unique, dual layer fabric technology that, when sewn strategically within garments and other textile products, provides users with all-day protection against friction and shear-related skin breakdown.

Healthcare products currently manufactured using GlideWear shear protection technology include wheelchair cushion and headrest covers, prosthetic liner patches, socks, and underwear. Additional products are under development, including a “Pre-Ply” version for third party manufacturers to sew into their own textile products.

Minnesota Business’ 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards winners will be announced Wednesday, September 24, 2015 at a evening ceremony.

GlideWear Shear Protection Underwear (shown, above)

GlideWear products are proudly manufactured, packaged, and distributed from Tamarack’s headquarters, located in Minnesota, USA.

About Tamarack:

Headquartered 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 notable product lines include Tamarack Flexure Joint®, ShearBan®, ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, GlideWear®, and FlexForm™ Custom Seating System

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

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Vector-X Cushion with GlideWear Named one of Mobility Management’s Best Picks of 2015

Mobility Management magazine has named Comfort Company’s Vector-X wheelchair cushion with GlideWear technology one of their readers’ best picks for 2015.

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Vector X with GlideWear Testimonial:

I love the GlideWear technology. When chosen for the right individual, it’s great to reduce the amount of shear force in the transfer, and I have found it to help the “active” crowd who continually moves and shifts in the chair without pressure relieving. Great cushion, great covers.

— Rob Lins, ATP, RTS, Home MediService Inc., Havre de Grace, MD

Click here to view the entire list of Mobility Management Best Picks 2015.

Unlike similar fabric technologies that offer shear and friction protection in seating & mattress applications, GlideWear Technology (Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Minneapolis, MN USA) focuses shear and friction reduction ONLY in areas of concern; ensuring the user can maintain proper seating posture and stability while realizing the friction, shear, and microclimate benefits of the patented GlideWear material.

GlideWear Technology is licensed exclusively in North America to Comfort Company (New Berlin, WI USA) for installation on Comfort Company and Vicair brand wheelchair cushions. Additionally, GlideWear technology is available in a patch format to help amputees relieve and prevent skin breakdown between their prosthesis and skin (GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch).

By mid-July, Tamarack will also release a new line of Shear Protection Underwear for men & women who develop decubitus ulcers from wheelchair and extended bed use as well as Shear Protection Heel & Ankle Socks for individuals who develop skin breakdown due to orthopedic bracing, footwear, and extended bed use. Additional applications for GlideWear technology are in development by Tamarack and under license to partners, worldwide.

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. 

Eliminate Turf Toe-Related Skin Breakdown with ShearBan

At the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cyde Peach, CO and President of Indiana Brace shared his experience with using ShearBan, an innovative PTFE film with adhesive backing from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA).

Clyde developed the X-1 Blades (shown below), an all composite foot orthosis to treat specific foot injuries, including turf toe and hallux rigidus.

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, turf toe is a sprain of the main joint of the big toe. It happens when the toe is forcibly bent up into hyperextension, such as when pushing off into a sprint and having the toe get stuck flat on the ground.

Sprains of the big toe joint became especially prevalent in American football players after artificial turf became more common on playing fields – hence the term “turf toe”. Artificial turf is a harder surface than grass and does not have much “give” when forces are placed on it.

Although often associated with football, turf toe occurs in a wide range of sports and activities.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society defines hallux rigidus as  arthritis of the big toe joint. It is the most common arthritic condition of the foot and second only to hallux valgus (bunion) as a condition associated with the big toe. Females are more commonly affected than males in all age groups, and the condition typically develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60 years.​

Clye’s X-1 Blades were developed using ShearBan in areas at-risk for skin breakdown, including the MTP Joint (base of the “Big Toe”) and heel. The ultra-slick, blue film provides targeted protection from rubbing that leads to excessive shearing that all-too-often results in skin breakdown (blistering and callus); sidelining athletes from their activities and careers.

ShearBan is available in 8 inch x 12 inch sheets and precut oval patches and is sold worldwide by Becker Orthopedic (Ph: 800-521-2192 / 248-588-7480 / web: www.beckerorthopedic.com).