Guiding You To Better Compression Bandages
- Volume 16 - Issue 9 - September 2003
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When working with compression bandages, it can be tricky to find just the right level of compression.
That’s where ProGuide comes in. The Smith & Nephew product, a multi-layer bandage system, can help you get to the exact level of compression you need when treating venous leg ulcers.
ProGuide utilizes the company’s Vari-Stretch™ Technology and is composed of three layers: a non-adherent wound contact layer, a super-absorbent padding layer and an outer compression layer, according to the company.
It is available in three sizes, allowing you to find bandages for different ankle sizes.
Company: Smith & Nephew
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A Walker To CROW About
If you use orthotic walkers frequently in your practice, there’s a new walker that may suit patients with a range of conditions.
One may employ the CROW (Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker) for patients who have Charcot deformities, diabetes-related neuroarthropathy and/or plantar ulcers. It can also be used to help treat those who have undergone surgical intervention for the mid- and hindfoot. The CROW is an alternative to total contact casting, according to the manufacturer Langer, Inc.
The walker features a bi-valve copolymer foot and ankle, which is custom-molded and reinforced. It also utilizes an Aliplast® posterior and anterior foam liner, multidensity PPT®/Plastazote® insole and a rocker bottom sole. Langer notes a patella tendon bearing-type socket is an available option.
Company: Langer, Inc.
Product: CROW (Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker)
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Using an F-Scan can be unwieldy with the computer cabling that is involved. Are you seeking a more portable option?
The F-Scan Mobile® System may be the answer. Its lightweight design allows you to monitor and record the plantar pressures and forces of your patients without dealing with cables between the computer and patient, according to the manufacturer Tekscan, Inc.
The company notes you may use the F-Scan Mobile to analyze gait or assess orthotic efficacy. It adds that the sampling rate of 500 Hz can be particularly helpful in sports medicine applications.
The sensors are ultra-thin yet provide high resolution and the file recording system allows for over two hours of continuous recording, according to the company.
Company: Tekscan, Inc.
Product: F-Scan Mobile
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