Standards and Best Practices

Standards and Best Practices:

Mostly for-

Surgery- procedural guidelines for proper limb removal

Post-surgery care- caring for amputated area

Fitting of prosthetics- Guidelines for limb fitting

*No one gold standard for how to function with only one arm.

Training- Suggestions on how to do everyday activities using a prosthetic arm or an arm rendered useless from injury or stroke.


Examples of Suggestions:

Shoelaces- Velcro Fastenings, Elastic Laces, Slip on shoes

Method for tying using ring, index, and middle finger and thumb; from video reference.

– One Handed Method

Teeth- Toothpaste Dispensers, Flip lid toothpaste, Place toothbrush or hold in mouth while putting on toothpaste, Squeeze toothpaste in mouth before-hand, hold between knees for twist off cap removal.

– Toothpaste Dispenser


Professional Care:

Occupational Therapy- Assess and adapt environment of home, help cultivate integration, assess return to work, try to stimulate successful long-term return to work.

Physiotherapy- Strength, flexibility, stability, core stability in order to adequately support a prosthetic limb; help reduce pain of using a prosthetic

Research in this field- leads to new, and refined techniques for rehabilitation and adaptation to life after amputation; Prosthetic development


Home Modifications:

Suggestions– Lever Taps, mounted bath sponge, mounted shower soaps, dishwasher installment, suction cup dish sponge

Equipment– Various equipment to help: compressive garments, RRD’s or Rigid Removable Dressings, Cutlery adaptations, plate guards, no slip matting for plates, Button hook for doing buttons with one hand, sock-aid, many more…


– Sock-Aid


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