Establishing safety guidelines and contraindications, topics to consider

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NathanRamsey
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Establishing safety guidelines and contraindications, topics to consider

Postby NathanRamsey » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:33 pm

Here is a rough outline of items to consider when establishing safety guidelines for ethical practice. It is by no means a complete list, so please add to it and fill in any glaring omissions. Thank you!

- Proper cleaning and maintenance of the device
- Conditions that impair protective sensation and increase risk of injury/infection (diabetes)
- Conditions that impair circulation or tissue healing
- Stability and health of proximal joints, particularly at the shoulder
- Wearing schedules
- Skin checks
- Pressure areas on the skin, particularly over bony prominences
- Proper padding and fitting of devices
- Safe body mechanics to avoid awkward angles and patterns of joint overuse
- Spinal alignment and movement
- Consent forms
- Developing accessible and easy-to-understand educational materials for recipients
- Informing recipients that current designs are in the early prototype phase, and cannot be held to high expectations for functionality, durability, comfort, or safety
Last edited by NathanRamsey on Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Congenital left hand amputee, long-term prosthesis user, occupational therapist, and assistive technology specialist employed by the University at Buffalo Research Foundation | npramsey@buffalo.edu

AdamArabian
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Re: Establishing safety guidelines and contraindications, topics to consider

Postby AdamArabian » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:47 pm

Great list - on the one hand we have a need and opportunity to really help the community and make these devices better. However, as we formalize we need to recognize that we are also taking more and more ownership and responsibility for successes AND failures AND potential injury so this is not something to enter into without serious thought and science.

Jfwinston
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Re: Establishing safety guidelines and contraindications, topics to consider

Postby Jfwinston » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:54 pm

I just saved this for future reference. But I'm curious if anyone has fleshed it out further? I'm especially interested in how proper body movement patterns can be validated.
Co-lead at e-NABLE Portland, mechanical engineer, and no idea what I'm doing


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