Background Information

Clinical Background

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include:

  • Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
  • Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects

https://medlineplus.gov/limbloss.html

Types of Upper extremity disarticulation:

  • Partial Hand or Fingers
  • Below Elbow
  • Above Elbow
  • Shoulder or Forequarter Disarticulation
  • Bilateral Upper Limit

Resources by Amputation Level

 

Facts and statistics

  • 50,000 new amputations every year in USA based on information from National Center for Health Statistics
  • The ratio of upper limb to lower limb amputation is 1:4 (4)
  • The most common is partial hand amputation with loss of 1 or more fingers, 61,000
    and the next common is loss of one arm, 25,000
  • Of the existence of 350,000 persons with amputations in USA, 30% have upper limb loss
  • And of this, wrist and hand amputations are estimated to make up 10% of upper limb population
  • Finally, transradial amputations make up 60% of total wrist and hand amputations

http://biomed.brown.edu/Courses/BI108/BI108_2003_Groups/Hand_Prosthetics/stats.html

 

A bit of info from The Amputee Coalition: 

After experiencing some of the hard tasks using one hand, out team had also found some useful tool or method to help release the pressure of focusing on one task and help make the process easier than one can expect.

Existing Products

Clothing

Dressing Cane http://www.rehabmart.com/category/daily_living_aids.htm

Shoe Fitting Arm http://www.rehabmart.com/category/daily_living_aids.htm

Button Hook http://www.rehabmart.com/category/daily_living_aids.htm

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Sock Dressing Aid – http://www.rehabmart.com/category/daily_living_aids.htm

Shoelace Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/coiled-no-tie-shoe-laces-86.html

Cord type zipper pull Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/cord-type-zipper-pull-18528.html

Other

Suction Door Holder Source: http://craziestgadgets.com/2013/07/19/suction-door-holder/

Book Stand Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Reading-Rest-Aubergine-OCTOBER-x/dp/B00FDXUE3W

 

Belt Wallet

Waist Wallet Source: http://thesmartwallet.com/

 

Wood Iphone Docking Station http://gadgetsin.com/driftwood-iphone-docking-station.htm

Powermat-Inductive-Charging-System http://www.techonthego.co.uk/2011/04/powermat-inductive-charging-system-charge-your-phone-without-leads-2168

Electric Pencil Sharpener http://www.iccbusinessproducts.com/Products/X-Acto-Powerhouse-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener__EPI1792.aspx

Door opener

Cooking

Pop container Source: https://www.oxo.com/10-piece-pop-container-set-white

 

Chopper Source: https://www.oxo.com/chopper-273

Jar opener Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/zim-jar-opener-95.html

T handle rocker knife Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/thandle-rocker-knife-135.html

Can opener Source: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/23186-hamilton-beach-classic-chrome-heavyweight-electric-can-opener.html

Suction bottle brush Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/deluxe-suction-bottle-brush-702.html

Pan holder Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/pan-holder-5828.html

Swedish cutting board Source: http://www.caregiverproducts.com/swedish-cutting-board.html

Hand blender Source: https://www.cuisinart.com/products/hand_blenders/csb-75.html

Bagel cutter Source: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/williams-sonoma-bagel-cutter/

Jar opener/swedish cutting board Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/onehanded-swedish-cutting-board-39435.html

Jar opener Source: http://www.staples.com/Cuisinox-4-in-1-Jar-Opener/product_WYF078277083360

 

Hygiene

One hand nail kit Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/onehand-nail-kit-39.html

Body care hair washer Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/product/body-care-hair-washer-5861.html

Comb Source: http://www.rehabmart.com/category/daily_living_aids.htm

http://www.crafthubs.com/soap-dispenser/2514

http://www.staples.com/product_SS1036090

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