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July 11, 2019  

S3 / Ep. 21 - Lets Talk Socks

If I were to ask a room full of amputees what is the most important feature or product (part) of their prosthesis, what would they say?

July 5, 2019  

S3 / Ep. 20 - Stump Talk 101

The most common cause(s) of revision surgery among amputees diabetes, infection and injury to stumps.
Do you know your stump?

June 27, 2019  

Amp 1 Studio The Newsletter is Here!

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The Newsletter is finally here, Amp 1 Studio Newsletter provides valuable and unbiased news, information, and resources for the listeners of the show, amputees, as well as articles and information relevant to their families and their caregivers. It offers content on a wide variety of topics, including peer support, active living, emotional issues, health and wellness, mobility, and adaptive living—anything that will help amputees enjoy all that life has to offer.

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June 20, 2019  

Why do surgeons advise against through knee amputations?

Why do many surgeons advise against through knee amputation? Is it because of the surgery itself/wound care or in the light of options for prosthetics?

Below knee amputation is preferred whenever salvage of a usable below knee remnant is feasible. Having to deal with controlling an artificial knee adds significantly to the challenge of prosthetic use.
 
The next choice becomes one of a knee disarticulation or above knee amputation. Knee disarticulation goes through the knee joint space. the required prostheses have longer thigh sections than the remaining sound side (unless both legs are involved). This creates a number of associated difficulties. Among these are making the prosthetic thigh section and componentry so long that sitting in a car, an airplane, or a theater is very problematic. In the case of unilateral amputees, there is also the need to make the shin section of the prosthesis shorter to equalize overall length. This means limited componentry choices and that the foot of the prosthetic side will dangle above the ground when the patient is sitting. The trade-offs are less traumatic surgery, possibly greater end-bearing tolerance, and a longer lever are available. Above knee, amputation can be a more desirable choice. There is a good technical article for a more definitive discussion: http://www.oandplibrary.org/alp/chap20-01.asp
or for more general information, http://www.amputee-coalition.org/.

 

June 20, 2019  

S3 / Ep 19 Sgt. John Peck

Tonight join me as we hear the story of U.S. Marine Sergeant John Peck who lost both his arms and legs whilst serving in Afghanistan. 

While serving his first tour, USMC Sgt. John Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device (IED). Once healed, John was determined to rejoin his brothers. Two years later, he returned to his unit in Afghanistan.

During his second tour, on May 24, 2010, John was severely injured by another IED. In that moment he recalls thinking, “I don’t want to die here, please don’t let me die here.” The explosion took both of his legs and his left arm. Later, due to a severe infection, he lost his right arm as well. John was in a coma for three months. It took him over two years to recover.

June 19, 2019  

Wellness As An Amputee

What is wellness? It’s really about balancing the different parts of your life that allow you to live to your fullest potential.

Fitness App for Amputees

Designed specifically for lower limb amputees, this free app helps you achieve optimal outcomes with your prosthesis. The “Fitness for Amputees” app was developed by therapists and includes three modules:

  • Strength & endurance
  • Coordination & balance
  • Stretch & relax

 

Each module includes multiple exercises that can be completed at different levels of difficulty, depending on your ability. The app allows you to set personal goals, track your progress, and even incorporate your own audio playlist into your program!

 

The app can be downloaded for iOS or Android devices using the following links:

 

Fitness for Amputees - iOS - iTunes

Fitness for Amputees - Android - Google Play

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June 18, 2019  

Stump Care

Care of the Remaining Limb

After losing a leg, it is very important to avoid injury and damage to the remaining ‘good’ leg, particularly if the patient is diabetic, as the conditions that led to the need for amputation may also be present in the remaining leg.

Poorly fitting footwear should be avoided, and an appropriately trained individual (such as a chiropodist) should be involved in nail care and other aspects of the care of the remaining foot.

June 13, 2019  

Ali Stroker becomes first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — When she sings, Ali Stroker says, she has “no limitations.”

That was clear on Sunday as Stroker performed and made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to capture a Tony Award. She earned the trophy for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Daniel Fish’s dark revisionist revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma!”

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” Stroker, who won for best featured actress in a musical, said on stage. “You are.”

Dressed in a neon yellow off-shoulder gown designed by her friend, Rachel Antonoff, Stroker told The Associated Press on the red carpet before the ceremony that her “Oklahoma!” part is “just a dream come true,” adding: “I’ve been singing since I was 7 years old and for me singing is where I have no limitations. It is where I feel most powerful, and my voice and the ability to create music has, I think, really brought me out of all of the hardship that I’ve been through, and it’s brought me here today into my most powerful self.”

She noted one in five Americans lives with a disability.

Ali Stroker performs a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” during the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The 31-year-old Stroker, who was the first person in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway back in 2015 in “Spring Awakening,” was paralyzed from the chest down due to a car crash when she was 2.

The “Oklahoma!” producer Eva Price told the AP on Sunday that Stroker is the perfect Ado Annie.

“It was clear from her humor, her heart, who she is, the way she spoke these lyrics and those lines about what it means to be a strong woman who knows what she wants and can’t say no,” Price said.

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June 13, 2019  

S3 / Ep. 18 - Amputees and Their Families, Coping Strategies

The loss of a limb can be devastating and is likely to cause significant disruption to many aspects of a person’s life. As well as the expected effect on a person’s mobility, independence and participation in day-to-day activities, it can also have a significant impact on one’s occupation, relationships, community and leisure involvement. 

June 6, 2019  

S3 / Ep. 15 - Do You Really Need State of the Art Prosthesis?

In the year 2005, 1.6 million persons were living with the loss of a limb. Of these subjects, 42% were nonwhite and 38% had an amputation secondary to dysvascular disease with a comorbid diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. It is projected that the number of people living with the loss of a limb will more than double by the year 2050 to 3.6 million. If incidence rates secondary too dysvascular disease can be reduced by 10%, this number would be lowered by 225,000.

One in 190 Americans is currently living with the loss of a limb. Unchecked, this number may double by the year 2050.

June 5, 2019  

S3 / Ep. 17 - 30 Day Self-Awareness Challenge

What does it mean to have self-awareness?

May 30, 2019  

CMS Launches “What’s Covered” App to Guide Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new app that gives consumers direct access on a mobile device to some of the most-used content on Medicare.gov. The new “What’s Covered” app lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers, and others quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. The app also provides beneficiaries with access to Blue Button 2.0, an application programming interface, created by the US Digital Service, that enables beneficiaries with different needs to grant access to developers who can help them monitor for drug conflicts, refill prescriptions, and track progress toward desired healthcare outcomes.

CMS launched the eMedicare initiative in 2018 to empower beneficiaries with cost and quality information. Other tools in the eMedicare suite include:

  • Enhanced interactive online decision support to help beneficiaries better understand and evaluate their Medicare coverage options and costs between Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
  • A new online service that lets people see how different coverage choices will affect their estimated out-of-pocket costs.
  • New price transparency tools that let consumers compare the national average costs of certain procedures between settings, so people can see what they’ll pay for procedures done in a hospital outpatient department versus an ambulatory surgical center.
  • A new webchat option in the Medicare Plan Finder.

The What’s Covered app is available for free in Google Play.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The What's Covered app is part of CMS' ongoing eMedicare initiative.

CMS wants to provide Medicare enrollees with easier access to cost and coverage information.

The app is available for free at Google Play, and at the Apple App Store.

May 24, 2019  

PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE’S “TRANSFORMING LIVES” CAMPAIGN WINS AWARD

The International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC’s) “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, which showcases the employment legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, has won a prestigious international award.

The digital campaign—produced in partnership with the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office and funded by BP and Bridgestone—took home a UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Award on May 2.

The IPC picked up the award in the Includer category, one of seven categories at the awards, which received more than 2,000 submissions from 142 countries.

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Craig Spence accepted the award on behalf of the IPC.

“It is a wonderful honor for our team, whose hard work and commitment made this series a reality and a fantastic recognition of how the work of the Paralympic Movement helps to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“We would like to thank BP and Bridgestone, because without them we would not have even been able to implement this campaign. It is through their dedication, sponsorship, and support of the Paralympic Movement that we can do this.

“Finally, we would like to thank the 4,237 people, the Para athletes, who competed at London 2012 and changed attitudes towards disability. Their amazing performances inspired the world, and it is thanks to them that one million more persons with disabilities are in employment in Great Britain now.”

Launched in December 2018 to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign features three short films that demonstrate how the London 2012 Paralympic Games contributed to one million more people with disabilities securing employment in Great Britain.

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May 22, 2019  

Medicare.gov Supplier Directory

Looking for where to get supplies if you're on Medicare can be tricky, here is where to go when you need medical supplies as a Medicare patient. 

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May 19, 2019  

Diabetes Facts

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Preventable limb loss in the United States

Limb loss risk factors

Diabetes

  • 54% of people living with limb loss lost their limb due to complications related to vascular disease, including diabetes-related complications and peripheral arterial disease (21).

  • In 2008, the age‐adjusted amputation rate was approximately eight times higher among people diagnosed with diabetes than the non-diabetic population (1).

  • It is estimated that as many as 60% of the amputations resulting from diabetes‐relatedcomplications could have been prevented (30).

  • Foot care and preventing foot ulcers

    • Studies suggest that the presence of a foot ulcer is associated with a fivefold increase in amputation risk among patients with diabetes (31).

    • Approximately 85% of diabetes‐related amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer (32).

    • Improved foot care for patients with diabetes may decrease the rate of lower‐limbamputation (33).

    • Simple steps such as routine foot inspection, fitting of appropriate shoes and orthotics, combined with patient education about the importance of self-care, can decrease the incidence of wounds in the diabetic population. Consistent follow-up with prompt treatment of wounds and management of callus formation to prevent further injury can result in fewer lower-limb amputations in the diabetic population(34).

Source ACA