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June 10, 2021
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Materials Report: Polylactic Acid

In this Online Exclusive, Emily Schmitt, an MSPO student at the University of Hartford, analyzes the benefits of using polylactic acid (PLA) and its composites in the fabrication of O&P devices. PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic material made from renewable resources, but it hasn’t made inroads into O&P outside of 3D-printing applications. MORE

Ransomware Hits Healthcare Again. Is O&P Safe?

Ransomware, malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, is again making international news. A school district, an oil company—which led to a $5 million payout and chaos in the US fuel supply—and Ireland’s national health service were all victims in May. Even if money isn’t lost in the form of ransom, losses certainly include time spent dealing with the situation, business productivity, and probably lots of sleep. In Ireland, one of the smaller problems was that hospitals had to use paper admission forms, among other things now done almost exclusively by computer, which alone is a time-consuming inconvenience. How would suddenly having no computer access affect your business?  MORE

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Poll Results: Post-mastectomy Care in O&P

An article in the June issue of The O&P EDGE looks into the patient-provider relationship in post-mastectomy care. With that in mind, we asked about how post-mastectomy care fits into the O&P landscape. Responses showed that most of those who responded felt that it should be separate from other O&P clinical care. MORE

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