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Offline JClark

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amputee board (leg rest)
« on: April 17, 2010, 07:47:19 PM »
Have any of you seen an "amputee board"?  They had something at the hospital, it slid under the wheelchair cushion, stuck out and you rest the stump on it.  But it gets in the way, and sounded expensive when I asked to buy one.

Then I did a google search and found this:
http://www.southwestmedical.com/products/Standard-Amputee-Board-27855.html
I found this at several vendors, one of them for under $125

If I were going to build one, this is pretty close to the design I'd have come up with.

I'm just curious if any of you have something like this, have seen something like this, etc.  I made the leap (ha ha) and ordered the one for $125  If you're curious, I'll let you know when it arrives, how well I think it works.

Oh, and if you look at the pictures, I think some of the black stripes are velcro strips so you can velcro a pad to the stump board.  Pads not included (or at least not listed on the web pages).
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+Left foot------------+Right foot---------------+
|Accident 8/31/2002 |ankle fusion 1/8/2008  |
|Amp 7/11/2003      | RBK (Ertl)    4/7/2010 |
|Ertl June 2005        |                                  |
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Offline Steve C

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 09:24:15 PM »
I had one while in the hospital. It wasn't as fancy as the one in the ad (it was basically a 1" thick board cut to the shape in the ad).
Let us know how you get on after it comes.
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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010, 08:45:35 AM »
it looks like a modified stump elevation board.

They are used to prevent knee flexion contractures caused by amputees sitting with the knee flexed during sitting, promote wound healing and help to reduce swelling. They are given to all below knee amputees as standard in the UK.

http://www.disaboomlive.com/Themes/Disaboom2.0/images/content/Image%203%20-%20Wheelchair_supportBoard.jpg

"All amputees who have a below- or through-knee amputation must have a padded stump board fitted to their wheelchair so that the stump is at the same level as the chair [80]  and is supported at all times. This will help prevent dependent oedema and possible wound breakdown [10]. " http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2006/september/Harker/Wound-Healing-Complications-Limb-Amputation.html

JClark, the one on your link has no padding on it so be careful as it could cause a high pressure area on the back of your stump as you rest it there. http://www.acaciamedical.com.au/admin/_images/products/thumbs/1257221689_a29a.jpg
The manufacturer of your wheelchair should make a stump support to attach to the pivot where the foot rest goes.

Also, it is recommended that double amps have the wheels of the wheelchair set back to prevent tipping backwards. they also put anti tipping devices on the back


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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2010, 08:54:20 AM »
Thanks, yeah, I know all the reasons for having the stump rest.  Just wasn't sure if anyone else had seen this fancy one.  I'm gonna make my own little pad - the vendor didn't seem to have them listed, or maybe they're included.

My particular wheelchair does not have swing-away leg rests, it also doesn't have amputee features.  I ride a Quickie GPV, a great little ride.  And being the daredevil type that I am, I only use anti-tips when playing basketball.

J-
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+Left foot------------+Right foot---------------+
|Accident 8/31/2002 |ankle fusion 1/8/2008  |
|Amp 7/11/2003      | RBK (Ertl)    4/7/2010 |
|Ertl June 2005        |                                  |
+---------------------+-------------------------+

Offline Dick Stevens

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010, 02:18:49 PM »
Jason:

Now that you're a double BK likle me. the wheelchair point s just mentioned are important.  Each wheelhair style is diffetent, but I believe most allow for these adjustments.  I have an Invacare Pro-Spin X4.  so I could simply move the back wheels backward an inch or two.  This changes the center-of-gravity to account for the loss od limbs out front.  For other models you may need to buy adaptor peices from the w/c manufacturer.

As far as an elevating board goes, I did it the cheapie way.  A thin board about 2 feet by 6 inches slid under the wheelchair seat cushion, and a small homemade foam cushion for the stump.

If you're handy with tools, often you can make a gizmo far cheaper than some fancy item sold in medical supply stores at grossly inflated prices.
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010, 07:53:53 PM »
Now that you're a double BK likle me. the wheelchair point s just mentioned are important.
I've been playing with balance points on my chair since I bought it in 2002, so I'm good there. 

As far as an elevating board goes, I did it the cheapie way.  A thin board about 2 feet by 6 inches slid under the wheelchair seat cushion, and a small homemade foam cushion for the stump.

If you're handy with tools, often you can make a gizmo far cheaper than some fancy item sold in medical supply stores at grossly inflated prices.
I'll show you the board I ordered, hopefully Friday at the golfing.  There's no way I could build one this style for this price.  And if I *were* handy with tools, I never would have lost the left leg.  ha ha ha haha!

North-East Pennsylvania
+Left foot------------+Right foot---------------+
|Accident 8/31/2002 |ankle fusion 1/8/2008  |
|Amp 7/11/2003      | RBK (Ertl)    4/7/2010 |
|Ertl June 2005        |                                  |
+---------------------+-------------------------+

Offline Dick Stevens

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 02:17:03 AM »
Jason:

You were handy with the tools, OK.

Problem was you were a bit too "foot-y" with 'em, too.
hahaha - sorry I couldn't resist that one.  :D

As far as the Golf Day or the evening before, I'm not sure if we can make it, and if so, which one.  Transporting problems on our end. So for now it's touch-n-go.  I am eager to see you if possible. 
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 09:11:10 AM »
Dick

You're gonna miss out on meeting my older brother then..... And there is MUCH less of me to see.  I've lost 14 pounds since the first of the month.  Yippie yippie joy joy.  (I'd be doing a happy dance, but, well, you know what comes next)
North-East Pennsylvania
+Left foot------------+Right foot---------------+
|Accident 8/31/2002 |ankle fusion 1/8/2008  |
|Amp 7/11/2003      | RBK (Ertl)    4/7/2010 |
|Ertl June 2005        |                                  |
+---------------------+-------------------------+

Offline Dick Stevens

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Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 08:27:41 AM »
Jason:

We'll miss the Golf Day itself, BUT we WILL be at Cameron's program at LVH on Thursday.  Hope to see you there.

I get to meet your brother, and you get to meet my son, Mike.

And I get to see the new, lighter Jason.  :)
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA