Traveling with Your Prosthesis During the Holidays

Christmas is a busy time of year. Full of family, celebration and often times travel. Here are some helpful hints to help relieve some of the stress of traveling with a prosthesis. 

First, make sure you do a thorough check of your prosthesis to make sure it is in great shape, and if its not, make sure to check with us before you leave. 

Bring our number with on your trip so you can contact us should you need us, and bring extras (aka socket liners, small tool kits, socks, etc.)

If you're flying, Security officers may need to see and/or touch your prosthetic device, but you do not need to remove it. You are welcome to a private screening as well as accompaniment by a loved one or assistant in the private screening. You may be required to lift a sleeve or pant leg in order to reveal the prosthetic during this screening. Although the airports are busy this time of year, you don't need to rush, its ok to take sit down to take your shoes off. For more information check out the TSA website for a complete listing. 

If you're going on a cruise, don't forget to ask for any special accommodations such as a wheelchair accessible room if necessary. You'll also want to make sure your shower and bath will have grab bars. 

If you're driving, make sure you have made the necessary upgrades to your vehicle such as hand brakes. Also be aware of your state regulations. These can be found on your state's DMV website. 

Whatever mode of transportation you are taking make sure to enjoy the holiday season and prepare appropriately. If you need anything before you leave, don't hesitate to let us know. 

Navigating Winter Weather on Your Prosthesis

Winter can bring some pretty rough conditions: snow, ice, and slushy sidewalks to name a few, and if you're using a prosthesis, these conditions can seem that much worse. These conditions are not only inconveniences, but they are dangerous and can be damaging and very expensive on your prosthetic equipment. 

As an amputee there are many considerations you should be aware of in order to prevent injury or unnecessary expenses. 

When ice, snow, sleet, or the melting of ice and snow are in the forecast, it is important to wear boots, or solid shoes with excellent grip. GRIP IS KEY! This is what can help you keep your footing.

Don't be afraid or ashamed to use a little support. If you are an amputee, a cane, crutches or a walker can be great in providing a little extra support. That extra stability can go a long way in helping navigate these treacherous conditions.  If you'd like to go a step further in your bad weather preparation, ice tips for your cane or crutches are available at most pharmacies.

Not only do you need to be careful in the snow and on ice, but as an amputee you need to be paying careful attention to those areas where you think you're safe. These "safe" areas are those that have been treated with salt or sand, but often create a barrier between your prosthesis and the ground that you might not recognize until it is too late and you've already slipped. Walking slowly through treated areas and with the support of a cane or railing can help avoid tragedy.  

So remember when you go outside this winter, wear shoes with grip (preferably rubber soled), don't be ashamed to use a little support, and be aware of salted areas. 

So remember when you go out this winter, wear shoes with grip (preferably rubber soled), don't be ashamed to use support, and be aware of "safe" areas. 

 

 

Are You a Diabetic Amputee?

Did you know 54% of amputations are caused by PVD and diabetes increased your risk for PVD?

What is PVD? It's characterized by low blood flow most commonly in the legs and feet. It is a progressive circulation disorder that involves disease in the blood vessels outside the heart and in the lymph vessels. Organs fed by these vessels such as the brain, heart and legs may not receive adequate blood flow. The most common cause of PVD is plaque development which is composed of cholesterol and other fatty substances found in the blood, but trauma to limbs can also be a cause. 

Although there are many treatment options for PVD and its contributing conditions, there can be complications. Amputation being one of them. Should you find yourself requiring an amputation or preparing for an amputation, we are uniquely skilled to assist with your prosthetic and help you plan for what's to come. 

Every day we help people move forward with their lives after an amputation. We are able to provide you with the latest in socket designs and advanced prosthetic limbs that maximize comfort and mobility. 

 

Empowering the Athlete in You

The expenses of training and equipment shouldn't keep the athlete in you from doing what you love.

The 2017 Access for Athletes program is underway, and you still have time to apply for a 2017 grant, but only until December 2nd! 

What is the Access for Athletes program? Well, its a program through Team Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) that provides athletes with physical disabilities the opportunity to apply for financial assistance for various expenses ranging from sports equipment, travel and competition expenses, to coaching and training costs. 

These grants have been awarded to athletes from 32 countries as Team CAF wants to help equip challenged athletes wherever they may be. To qualify, individuals must have permanent physical disabilities according to the standards set by the International Paralympic Committee.

Even if you applied last year, you can apply again! Team CAF is here to help you reach your goals!

Want more information to know if you qualify and how you can apply? Check out the following link: www.challengedathletes.org/programs/grants/

Please Respond!

As you likely know by now, the DME MACs recently published a draft Local
Coverage Determination for Lower Limb Prosthetics (LCD) that would
profoundly affect amputees' access to care and restrict how and what
prosthetists can do for their patients. NAAOP is working on many fronts,
both individually and in conjunction with the O&P Alliance to
comprehensively respond to this proposal. The purpose of this letter is to
alert you to a unique effort that NAAOP is spearheading to draw national
attention to the draft LCD issue.

The White House has a "We the People" petition process. If a petition
garners 100,000 signatures in 30 days, White House staff will review it,
send it to appropriate policy experts and issue an official response. The
petition NAAOP has created reads as follows:

. We petition the Obama Administration to rescind the Medicare proposal
restricting access to prosthetic limbs and returning amputees to 1970's
standards of care.

This is a simple and fast way to raise public awareness about the Draft LCD.
If we can reach 100,000 signatures, we will force the White House to weigh
in on this vitally important issue. Reaching this goal will not be easy. We
have reached out to the other members of the O&P Alliance and the Amputee
Coalition. All have agreed to support this effort and promote awareness of
the "We the People" petition. Whether or not we reach 100,000 signatures,
this petition will help the O&P community show widespread opposition to this
proposal.

Please make sure that you, your friends, your families, and especially, your
patients, know about his petition and take 5 minutes out of their day to
electronically sign this petition, which can be accessed at
http://wh.gov/iIIoi.

As always, NAAOP thanks you for your support. Now, more than ever, we need
all NAAOP members to make their voices heard.

If you want more information about the draft LCD, Peter Thomas and I will be
co-presenting a webinar Wednesday, August 5th at noon ET. We strongly
encourage you to attend. You can register for this webinar at
http://www.ossur.com/about-ossur/ossur-r-r.

 

Medicare Releases Proposed Changes for Coverage of Prosthetics

Below is a link to changes in prosthetic coverage that Medicare is proposing.  At first glance, it looks like all amputees covered by Medicare will be affected in some way.  There is a window for you contact Medicare and voice any concerns you may have with the proposed changes.  

https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jddme/article-detail/-/view/2230715/draft-policies-release-for-comment-bulletin-article

 

Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant

It is that time of year.  The CAF grant application period is now open.  Below the link to the application.  This is an incredible opportunity for people to get financial help for a running prosthesis, to attend a clinic or to travel to sporting events and compete.  

CAF Application

Please call with any questions, we will be happy to help.

100% Satisfaction!

Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics is happy to announce that we received 100% for patient satisfaction for the month of April 2014.  This is based on surveys that are sent to patients both two weeks and 60 days after a device is delivered.  

We take a lot of pride in our patients being happy and take the feedback we receive to make our care even better.  Our goal is to set the standard for orthotic and prosthetic care for Kansas City, and surrounding communities we serve.

 

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics Awarded ABC Accreditation

Overland Park, KS - Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics proudly announces a Three-Year Accreditation award in Prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthotics, Inc.

Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics is recognized for achievements in the areas of Organizational Management, Patient Care Standards, Quality Assurance, Supplier Compliance and Facility and Safety Management.  This award represents the highest level of accredititation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.

"Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics has demonstrated its commitment to the provision of quality patient care services by seeking and attaining ABC Accreditation," said Catherine Carter, ABC's Executive Director.  "ABC has developed the highest standards for accreditation in the industry and is proud to include Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics among our over 2500 accredited patient care facilities."

Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics has been offering Prosthetic care in the Kansas City area since the beginning of 2014.  The practice sees all patients, but is one of the most experienced pediatric prosthetic care facilities in the area.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthotics, Inc has been credentialing practitioners and organizations since 1948 in accordance with established standards of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient care.  A not-for-profit organization headquarted in Alexandria Virginia, ABC's mission is to encourage and promote the highest standards of professionalism in the delivery of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthotic services.  ABC advances the competency of practitioners, promotes the quality and effectiveness or orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthotic care, and maintains the integrity of the profession.

For additional information about Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics, or the ABC, contact Decker Integrated Orthotics and Prosthetics at 913-341-2661.

Endeavor Games

The Endeavor Games are coming, June 5-8, 2014 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond, Oklahoma and you won't want to miss the fun, everyone is welcome!

 "What are the Endeavor Games? " You ask.  Well,  imagine a 3 day event for challenged athletes that includes a skills clinic, where you can work on swimming, archery, volleyball, cycling and  track meet, featuring beginner all the way to elite parolympic athletes.  You don't want to miss this event!  Bring the whole family and come ready to have a great time!

We will host an evening  family event as well as provide shade and cold drinks under the Decker Integrated O&P tent as we enjoy the day.   If you are planning to come, please let us know in advance so we can be sure to include you in our time together!  We look forward to a great weekend of fun and games once again.

Endeavor Games