Fw: US Politics: Competitive Bidding for Prosthetics
AlPikeCP at aol.com
AlPikeCP at aol.com
Thu Sep 19 05:33:49 PDT 2002
In a message dated 9/18/02 9:35:53 PM Central Daylight Time, Sasby at attbi.com
> Okay, you guys can stop kidding around with all these new folks, huh? :o)
> We all know there's no law that says you can't recycle parts, it's the
> facilities that refuse to do it for liability reasons primarily.
Stacey is right and I think I can add a little here having worked for a major
component manufacture for almost two decades overseeing product failure
The product failure claims primary related to two areas. The amputee over
stressing a component to failure by falling or some other forceful action and
practitioner error do to lack of knowledge in application. The latter
relates to Tony's often repeated point about practitioner qualifications
Most prosthetic component manufacturers are ISO certified. This is an
international quality control standard for manufacturing. Component
manufactures are also over seen by the FDA whereas prosthetic facilities and
practitioners are not. When there is a component failure where an injury is
sustained and the individual is seen by a physician for the injury the
manufacturer has only days in which to notify the FDA of the incident.
The lifetime of an endoskeletal prosthesis appears to average about 1.5 to 2
years whereas an exoskeletal prosthesis is 6 to 7 years. Also a below the
knee endoskeletal prosthesis will weight more then an exoskeletal prosthesis,
but the exoskeletal will take more man-hours to produce for less
When a prosthetist is sued over a product failure they most likely in turn
will enjoin the manufacture as the manufacture is the one with the "deep
Hope some of this adds to your body of knowledge about prosthetics. This
topic might even be worthy of an article for InMotion Magazine or a
presentation at an ACA meeting.
Al Pike, CP
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