National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Research Symposium

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has just posted information about its 2016 NPUAP Research Symposium, hosted at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel, November 9, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for clinicians, researchers, engineers, and others in the healthcare field to learn more about the latest developments in pressure ulcer (bedsore) prevention. No longer is pressure considered the most important factor, as the presence of shear force and microclimate (heat and moisture) are increasingly recognized as key contributing factors in pressure sore formation.

NPUAP Research Symp 2016 Save the DateFor more information about the NPUAP Research Symposium and National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit

Disclaimer: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a member of the NPUAP Corporate Advisory Council.


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.

2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards

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!

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.


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

International Shipping Now Available on ENGO Blister Patch Website

ENGO Ships WorldwideMarch 27, 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA)

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is happy to report that, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, the company’s line of self-adhesive low friction patches for blister prevention and relief, can now be purchased worldwide* from the company’s U.S.-based shopping cart,

“By integrating our shopping cart solution with Bongo International, a service of FedEx Corp., consumers around the world now have access to purchase ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, reports Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. Bongo gives us the ability to serve customers around the world – allowing them to purchase in their preferred, local currency, and with complete transparency regarding shipping costs and import duty,” Mr. Pawelsky concludes.

Bongo International Order Processing:

1) International orders are processed through the secure Bongo International shopping cart. Bongo accepts more than 20 foreign currencies and ships to more than 220 countries around the world.

2) International orders are then processed at the ENGO Blister Prevention Patch manufacturing facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA; arriving at the Bongo International warehouse in Florida, USA within 3-4 days.

3) Bongo International inspects, photographs, and ships orders through FedEx Wordwide with deliveries to most regions of the world within 3 days.

*For customers in Australia/New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and South Africa, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches should be sourced through Tamarack’s international distribution partners for purchase online in those markets or through a local specialty retailer.

Click a flag below to be forwarded to an international distributor website:

ENGO AustraliaENGO Australia (Serving Australia and New Zealand)






ENGO ScandinaviaENGO Denmark (Serving Scandinavia)



ENGO South AfricaENGO South Africa (coming April 2015)



For more information about ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, visit

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are manufactured by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.

GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch FAQs

This article is intended to address the top three questions that healthcare providers and end-users have asked us regarding the GlideWear® Prosthetic Liner Patch by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

The GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch is indicated for lower-limb amputees who experience discomfort and skin trauma in specific locations on the residual limb, providing immediate relief and lasting protection from shear-related skin breakdown.

GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch

How do GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patches work? 

The silk-like 2-layer stretch fabric used in the manufacturing of GlideWear slides against itself when friction forces are heightened during activity, protecting sensitive skin tissue from abrasion and repetitive rubbing that leads to skin breakdown.

Although a prosthesis may fit exceptionally well for the most part (and should!), increased physical activity, diet, and both socket and ambient temperature play a critical role in regulating limb volume in a prosthetic socket. Keeping a skin care kit on-hand to keep the limb as cool, dry, and protected from skin breakdown throughout the day is essential to ensuring uninterrupted use of the prosthesis without limiting function.

How long do GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patches last?

The GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch has been tested to 180,000 rub cycles (lab simulation of the rubbing forces between two opposing materials against the skin during walking) and 100 wash & dry cycles with no visible wear. After approx. 2 years of product evaluation and 14 months of sales, we are not aware of any instances of the fabric deteriorating or losing it’s low friction properties over time.

Most importantly, be sure to wash the patches regularly and dry thoroughly before each use. We recommend keeping a supply of 4 to 6 patches on-hand for daily use between washing cycles.

Which size patch should I use?

In choosing the correct  GlideWear prosthetic Liner Patch size, consider starting with the small size, which is optimal for 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 so, if wrinkling is a concern with the larger patch, consider using the small patches.

Where can I buy the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch?

For a comprehensive listing of healthcare industry and direct-to-consumer purchasing options, visit the GlideWear website.

We recommend talking to your Prosthetist or primary healthcare provider to discuss whether the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch will meet your needs and if socket or liner adjustments are required to ensure proper performance of your prosthesis.

Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions about the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch

For more information about the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch, visit

The GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch is manufactured in Minnesota, USA by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. Patented US864659 – GB2478206. Other Patents Pending. CE-Registered. 

Skin Care Products and Friction Fighters for Amputees

We recently came across the AmputeeOT YouTube Channel; a weekly video series about prosthetic device options, residual limb care, and other aspects of daily living for amputees.

Some of AmputeeOT’s most popular videos include:

Below-knee amputee and occupational therapist, Christina Stephens, is the brains and face behind the popular AmputeeOT YouTube channel and she was kind enough to mention the new GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch in her recent video, titled: “Lotions, Potions and Glidewear, Oh my!”

For amputees who are interested in researching or purchasing the products mentioned in Christina’s video, here are the products and website links:

Thanks to Christina Stephens for including the GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch in your AmputeeOT video series!