Tamarack Welcomes New GlideWear Distributor Serving Portugal

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA) welcomes Padrao Ortopedico as the company’s newest GlideWear shear protection product line distributor, serving the orthotic, prosthetic, and podiatric industries across Portugal.

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Website: http://www.padrao-ortopedico.com

Phone: (22) 906 51 48, (22) 906 51 49

Contact Name: Carlos Quelhas

GlideWear products feature a unique, patented dual-layer fabric technology sewn strategically into at-risk zones within socks, undershorts, wheelchair cushion covers, pillowcases and other devices, to protect the user from pressure injuries (commonly referred to as bedsores) due to friction & shear.

To view the entire line of GlideWear shear protection products, click here.

Contact Carlos at Padrao Ortopedico (Portugal) to request a presentation or more information about the GlideWear product line.

Tamarack Launches GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks

GlideWear® Forefoot Shear Protection Socks feature a patented, dual layer low friction zone that provides targeted shear reduction across the forefoot to prevent and relieve abrasion, friction, and shear-related skin breakdown. Unlike traditional dual layer socks, which can cause a loss of stability while walking with and without footwear, GlideWear is strategically positioned around the forefoot to maximize stability and comfort for the user.

In developing the GlideWear® Forefoot Sock, Tamarack partnered with Knit-Rite, Inc. (Kansas City, KS USA) to incorporate their SmartKnit® Seamless Sock Technology into the GlideWear design; resulting in a product that offers maximum comfort and performance for people at-risk for developing skin breakdown on their feet.

GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks provide immediate relief and lasting protection against:

  • Metatarsal plantar surface ulcers
  • Hallux callusing and blisters
  • Toe blisters

Available in full forefoot and partial foot (transmetatarsal amputee) models; both crew length and featuring white SmartKnit Socks.

For more information about GlideWear® Forefoot Shear Protection Socks, visit www.glidewear.com.

Healthcare professionals and dealers: contact us about ordering GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks for your facility or showroom.

Free Pressure Ulcer Wound Care Webinar, Hosted by NPUAP

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention DayIn support of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, November 19, 2015, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is hosting a free, live webinar, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Levine, MD, titled History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present, and Future.

Dr. Levine’s presentation will review the history of pressure ulcers and wound care, highlight major challenges facing today’s practitioners caring for patients with pressure ulcers, and discuss the future of pressure ulcers and wound care.

Please note: This webinar qualifies for 1 hour of multidisciplinary CEU’s and registration is limited to only 1,000 individuals, so reserve your spot today!

For more information about this event, World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit http://www.npuap.org/.

Vector-X Cushion with GlideWear Named one of Mobility Management’s Best Picks of 2015

Mobility Management magazine has named Comfort Company’s Vector-X wheelchair cushion with GlideWear technology one of their readers’ best picks for 2015.

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Vector X with GlideWear Testimonial:

I love the GlideWear technology. When chosen for the right individual, it’s great to reduce the amount of shear force in the transfer, and I have found it to help the “active” crowd who continually moves and shifts in the chair without pressure relieving. Great cushion, great covers.

— Rob Lins, ATP, RTS, Home MediService Inc., Havre de Grace, MD

Click here to view the entire list of Mobility Management Best Picks 2015.

Unlike similar fabric technologies that offer shear and friction protection in seating & mattress applications, GlideWear Technology (Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Minneapolis, MN USA) focuses shear and friction reduction ONLY in areas of concern; ensuring the user can maintain proper seating posture and stability while realizing the friction, shear, and microclimate benefits of the patented GlideWear material.

GlideWear Technology is licensed exclusively in North America to Comfort Company (New Berlin, WI USA) for installation on Comfort Company and Vicair brand wheelchair cushions. Additionally, GlideWear technology is available in a patch format to help amputees relieve and prevent skin breakdown between their prosthesis and skin (GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch).

By mid-July, Tamarack will also release a new line of Shear Protection Underwear for men & women who develop decubitus ulcers from wheelchair and extended bed use as well as Shear Protection Heel & Ankle Socks for individuals who develop skin breakdown due to orthopedic bracing, footwear, and extended bed use. Additional applications for GlideWear technology are in development by Tamarack and under license to partners, worldwide.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Recommended reading for nurse, therapists, physicians, orthotists, prosthetists, and individuals who rely on assistive technology for daily activity.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Written by Janet Dean, MS, RN, CRRN, CRNP. The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland.

Published on the Transverse Myelitis Association website, Janet Dean’s article provides a easy-to-follow and detailed overview of  skin breakdown risk factors (pressure, friction, shear, and microclimate) and numerous considerations for preventing and treating skin breakdown.

In addition to providing an excellent overview on the subject of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment for healthcare professionals, the article is also highly relevant for individuals who rely on wheelchairs or orthotic/prosthetic devices for mobility as well as those who spend extended amounts of time in bed due to mobility restrictions or hospitalization.

Daily skin checks are an essential first line of defense against the development of pressure ulcers that can often be prevented before they become serious and even life-threatening wounds. It’s always recommended to consult your primary caregiver or specialist if you believe a wound has developed due to the use of a medical/assistive technology device.

Continue to the article, Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Analysis of Medicaid Service Cut Policy Change for Diabetic Foot Services

A recent analysis of the October 2009 Arizona state Medicaid decision to cut certain preventive podiatry services shines a bright, ironic light on the state’s cost-cutting efforts.

Skrepnek, Mills, and Armstrong presented at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that “Through the end of 2011, inpatient admissions had increased 35%, inpatient charges had increased 40%, hospital days per month had increased 24%, and severe aggregate outcomes (including amputations) had increased 47% compared with the 3.75-year period preceding the announcement.

Extrapolated from the above information, Grant H. Skrepnek, PhD, reported

For every dollar “saved,” $48 more was actually spent (on treatment)

This analysis gleams light on the significant value of preventive healthcare intervention; especially with respect to at-risk patient populations, including individuals with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and amputation. Providing individuals at-risk for blisters, callusing, and ulceration with a “margin of safety” through the use of therapeutic footwear, insoles, socks, and targeted friction and related shear interventions such as ShearBan makes good healthcare and financial sense, as echoed in the analysis by Skrepnek, Mills, and Armstrong.

To read the full-text poster presentation, follow the source link below:

Skrepnek GH, Mills, JL, Armstrong DG. Foot-in-Wallet disease: Tripped up by ‘cost saving’ reduction. Presented at 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Chicago, June 2013.

 

Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has declared November 16, 2012 “Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day”.

According to Dr. Aimee Garcia, NPUAP President, “Over 2.5 million US residents develop pressure ulcers every year.”  She adds, “The impact of pressure ulcers on the patient, the providers who are trying to prevent these wounds and the payers for health care has been underestimated for years.”

For more information, read the Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day Proclamation.

In January 2013, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies will join the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Corporate Advisory Panel; contributing to the research, education, and policy-making initiatives of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Please feel welcome to share this post and Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day Proclamation with your peers to help raise awareness toward wound care advancements and wound prevention!