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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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.

2015 O&P Industry Meeting Schedule

To assist with planning your 2015 Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Industry education and product showcase schedule, here’s a list of events, dates, and locations we’ve compiled for O&P practitioners, technicians, students, and staff.

**Schedule Updated March 18, 2015**

Event Date Location
Hanger Education Fair 2-7 Feb. 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada
Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium 18-21 Feb. 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana
ISPO Deutschland 2015 27-28 Feb. 2015 Germany
Short Course on Ankle-Foot Orthoses 9-10 March 2015 Glasgow, United Kingdom
PrimeFare West 2015 20-21 March 2015 Denver, Colorado
Georgia Society AAOP Meeting 27-28 March 2015 Atlanta, Georgia
Ohio Chapter AAOP Meeting 27-28 March 2015 Columbus, Ohio
Annual Congress in Technical Orthopedics 27-29 March 2015 Germany
Rehacare & Orthopedic Canton 2015 27-29 March 2015 Guangzhou, China
Northwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 16-18 April 2015 Bellevue, Washington
CAPO Conference 2015 22-24 April 2015 Montreal, QC Canada
IAAPOC Annual Meeting 30 April-2 May 2015 Virginia Beach, Virginia
World Confederation of Physical Therapy 1-4 May 2015 Singapore
SOSORT 10th Annual Meeting 7-9 May 2015 Katowice, Poland
ACPOC 2015 Annual Meeting 13-16 May 2015 Clearwater Beach, Florida
WAMOPA Annual Meeting 14-16 May 2015 Reno, Nevada
Pennsylvania Chapter AAOP Meeting 14-16 May 2015
Washington, PA
7th Intl Symposium on Diabetic Foot 20-23 May 2015 The Netherlands
Louisiana Association State Meeting 28-30 May 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana
Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 27-29 May 2015
Rosemont, Illinois
Michigan O&P Association Meeting 11-12 June 2015
Bay City, Michigan
PrimeFare East 2015 19-20 June 2015
Nashville, Tennessee
New York State Chapter AAOP Meeting 17-19 June 2015 Albany, New York
ISPRM 9th World Congress 19-23 June 2015 Berlin, Germany
ISPO World Congress 2015 22-25 June 2015 Lyon, France
Amputee Coalition National Conference 23-25 July 2015 Tucson, Arizona
Florida Chapter AAOP Meeting 30 July-1 August 2015 Fort Myers, Florida
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 31 July-1 August 2015 San Antonio, Texas
PFA/APMA Symposium 2015 23-26 July 2015 Orlando, Florida
Tennessee Society O&P Meeting 17-19 Sept. 2015 Chattanooga, Tennessee
ISPO Canada Symposium 2-3 October 2015 Toronto, Canada
AOPA National Assembly 2015 7-10 October 2015 San Antonio, Texas
Northern Plains Chapter AAOP Meeting 10-11 Sept 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting 1-3 October 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
New England Chapter AAOP Meeting 28-30 Sept 2015 Manchester, NH
PrimeFare Central 24-25 April 2015
OKC, Oklahoma

 The highlighted events above indicate scheduled attendance by staff from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. If there are any Tamarack products you’d like to see or if you’d like to schedule a meeting with anybody from the company, please notify us by email beforehand.

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

New Tamarack e-Newsletter, November 2014

 

Explore the November 2014 issue of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies’ e-Newsletter…

In an effort to provide more frequent product, clinical-technical education, and industry-related information to the customers we serve, Tamarack has begun producing a new monthly e-Newsletter, mailing to opt-in subscribers and also available through our social media pages.

 

Each month, we’ll share new product highlights, fabrication and design tips & techniques, and share valuable continuing education opportunities and industry news, catered to the O&P, DME, and allied healthcare professionals we serve.

In this issue:

  • New GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patches, now available from distributors worldwide
  • Tamarack joins local cut & sew organization to support domestic manufacturing
  • Continuing education credit opportunities for certified orthotists & prosthetists (USA)
  • New Adjustable Assist Tamarack Flexure Joint Caps

>>Continue reading: Tamarack e-Newsletter, November 2014<<

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. 

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.

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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 http://www.glidewear.com/plp

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

Mobility Saves Campaign Video

Recently, the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association and Amputee Coalition partnered to conduct a comprehensive patient care cost-effectiveness study related to the delivery of orthotic-prosthetic care across the USA.

Findings from the Dobson-DaVanzo study revealed patients who received orthotic or prosthetic services had lower or comparable Medicare costs than patients who need, but did not receive services. This insight reveals that, despite efforts amongst payer organizations to reduce funding for orthotic, prosthetic, and rehabilitation devices in an effort to reduce total healthcare expenses, the timely and adequate delivery of O&P intervention actually saves money and, most importantly, SAVES LIVES.

Watch the recently released Mobility Saves campaign video for more information about this study. We encourage you to take action by contacting your local representatives to request their support for O&P legislation aimed at ensuring adequate coverage for orthotic-prosthetic healthcare.

 

For more information about the Dobson-DaVanzo Study, please visit: http://www.aopanet.org/legislative-regulatory/new-dobson-davanzo-study/