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Patient invents The Anchor - an Ipsilateral Scapular Cutaneous Anchor System

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-06-29 19:48

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For many years, Debra used the traditional body-powered prosthesis, which is activated by a figure-of-eight or figure-of-nine harness system, using the opposite shoulder as the power source. Many users of this system complain of discomfort from the harness, typically the rubbing on the skin by the harness, asymmetry of the shoulders, pain in the opposite shoulder area, difficulty while performing tasks with both limbs, and diminished physical appearance. When Debra began to experience her own problems with the usual harness system, she relied on her 30 years of experience to help resolve those issues.

She invented and uses a new and improved way of harnessing a body-powered prosthesis called the Ipsilateral Scapular Cutaneous Anchor system (the Anchor). Her design eliminates the usual harnessing, often a source of complaint and one reason why children reject prostheses. The Anchor system requires either a tight-fitting socket or a silicone sleeve that locks into the forearm of the prosthesis, eliminating the need for a harness over the opposite shoulder. A cable clips into a metal button in the center of a plastic patch that adheres to the skin at the shoulder blade with a special tape. The patch will remain on the skin for 1 to 5 days, but can be removed easily with soap and water. The technology also can adhere to scarred skin.

The artificial limb is operated by rounding the shoulder of the involved side. Using both arms means one arm will not get bigger than the other. The system is more comfortable and improves shoulder symmetry.

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This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Debra A. Latour, from USA, is an occupational therapist was born with an upper limb deficiency. She created her own arm prothesis, in 2005.

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