HME News

NOV 2017

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Mobility h M e N ew S / N ove M ber 2017 / www.h M e N ew S . C o M 19 Want your patients to get the most out of CPAP therapy? The Mask Matters Most ™ . Research shows that adherence to CPAP therapy is impacted by initial mask set-up up and support 1,2 , mask performance 3,4 and mask comfort 5,6 . With this in mind, F&P Brevida features both a simple, adjustable headgear, and the minimal, innovative AirPillow cushion which inflates to form a 'pillow' of air in and around the nose. For more information visit our website at, or contact your local DME. The Mask Matters Most ™ . 1. Bachour A. et al. Sleep Breath, 2016. 20(2): p. 733-8. 2. Neuzeret P.C. et al. Clin Respir J, 2016. 3. Borel J.C. et al. PLoS One, 2013. 8(5): p. e64382. 4. Andrade R.G. et al. J Bras Pneumol, 2014. 40(6): p. 658-68. 5. Weaver T.E. and Grunstein R.R. Proc Am Thorac Soc, 2008. 5(2): p. 173-8. 6. Aljasmi M. et al. J Sleep Med Disord, 2016. 3(2): p. 1044. 613244 REV A © 2017 Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited VISIT US AT MEDTRADE BOOTH #1433 By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor R ESNA' S r ECENT annual con- ference highlighted disability as a functional limitation as much as a diagnosis-driven con- dition. It was a step by the orga- nization to embrace the increas- ingly important role that assistive technology is playing in the larger aging and wellness movement, says President-elect m ary Ellen Buning, an OT and ATP/S m S. Here's what Buning, who will officially become president next year, had to say about r ESNA's efforts to broaden its scope and impact. hme n ews: What stood out to you as new and exciting at this year's conference? Mary Ellen Buning: Alex m ihaili- dis from the University of Toronto gave a very interesting presenta- tion on the use of technology for aging well. People who are aging are not disabled; they have functional impairments; they have changes in their hearing or their mobility that require an aide. There's an ongoing discussion at r ESNA about whether or not our mission statement needs to include aging in some way. hme : It sounds like RESNA is broad- ening the way it thinks . Buning: Yes, we've also been approved for an accreditation pro- gram for the educational institutes that teach rehab engineering and assistive technology. The program includes standards for assistive technology education—all the parts of the curriculum that need to be addressed—that a person graduat- ing from one of these institutes is expected to have. hme : How else is RESNA expanding its scope and impact? Buning: We're working on an excit- ing initiative that will have us bring- ing a new track to the American Occupational Therapy Association's event next year. The track will show OTs that there is an organization that will help them learn the skills to work as specialists in this field. It's been thought that any OT can do a wheelchair evaluation. But for those of us who have practiced, we know that's not true. hme : As president, how do you hope to leave your mark on RESNA? Buning: I've been a technology user since my late teens, early 20s. I had bone cancer and I've been using an artificial limb since then. I under- stand the role that technology can play. I've been able to accomplish everything I've wanted to, because I have a limb that fits me well and has features that meet my needs. That has freed me to think about what I'm doing, not how I'm going to get there. I see technology as an enabler. hme 'I see technology as an enabler' Q&A: resn A 's M A ry ellen buning NUMOTION C o N T i N u e D F R o M p A G e 1 users and technicians to communi- cate via secure video. "The service model in complex rehab hasn't kept up with advance- ment in technology—it's consum- ing and cumbersome," said Bud DeGraff, COO. "We have a large service area and a limited number of techs, so there's always a sense of urgency." Numotion expects it will conduct 30,000 remote service assessments by the end of this year and it has a goal of 100,000 next year. DeGraff says Numotion now has more than 20 techs dedicated to remote service, sitting anywhere from Connecticut and California. Even if they can't resolve a user's issue, they can eliminate the need for an in-person assessment and can get the ball rolling by ordering parts and starting the required paperwork and documentation, he says. "We still may have to send some- one to complete the repair, but by getting started, we can process more orders and take care of more cus- tomers," he said. Looking forward at how else Numotion can leverage technol- ogy, DeGraff says he's most excited about the adjacencies between the company and the work of manufac- turers on a "connected wheelchair." "Even with remote assessments, we're still starting from square one," he said. "With connected data, we can do preventative maintenance before a chair even goes down." hme medtr A de booth 1433

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