Technician / O&P Assistant Program: Basics - Foams, Sizing, Skiving, and Gluing in Pads
Technician / O&P Assistant Program: Basics - Foams, Sizing, Skiving, Gluing in Pads covers:
An overview of common foams used in orthotics and prosthetics. Tracing or using a template to create the correct size and shape of a foam pad. Correctly positioning the pad in the AFO. Skiving the pad to create a smooth transition. Gluing the pad in the brace. How to replace existing pads.
After taking this course the learner will have a basic understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to choose the correct foam needed. Cut the foam to the correct size and shape for the area in the AFO that needs to be padded. How to skive the foam so there is a nice transition for the patient's comfort. How to place and glue the foam into the AFO. How to remove existing pads, trace them, create new pads and glue them into place.
We designed the Basics Program to give anyone a starting point on the basic skills needed to do their job. Ideally, the courses are for the new Technician or new O&P Assistant but could be used by other individuals looking to refresh, broaden skills or train employees.
Russ Bartlett Jr., CPOA / Central Fabrication Lab Manager
Russ created this basics program to teach skills to his new technicians and lab assistants. Russ manages our Central Fabrication and fabricates many of our prosthetics and orthotics. Russ started working for Coyote Designs sister company Rehab Systems in 1998 as a technician and assisted Coyote Design in product development. Russ became a fulltime Coyote Design employee in 2014 setting up our central fabrication.
The program includes 3 instructional videos varying in length, an outline of the instructions in each video along with a series of pictures and explanations reiterating the process.
The program contains 3 courses instructing each step of the process in creating or replacing foam pads in AFOs.The program is followed by 10 test questions and a course survey. The program is estimated to take approximately 1 hour and can be started, stopped and restarted at any time at the point the learner left off.
We are offering our "Technician / O&P Assistant Program: Basics - Foams, Sizing, Skiving, Gluing in Pads" course for $15.00. This course is worth 1.5(S) Continuing Education credits from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Inc. (ABC). You must be certified by ABC, get an 80% or better on the test questions and you will receive science Category 1 credits. (This course is for certified; Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, Orthotic Technicians).