GLOBAL STANDARDS FOR PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS

  • Edward D Lemaire The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Development, 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1H 8M2.
  • Terry J Supan Supan Prosthetic Orthotic Consultations, Rochester, Illinois, USA.
  • Marlo Ortiz Ortiz International S.A. Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.
Keywords: Prosthetics, Orthotics, Disability, World Health Organization

Abstract

Over the past decade, essential documents and agreements have emerged to help improve the lives of people with physical disabilities. These include Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by more than 170 countries, and the World Health Organization (WHO) global disability action plan. While the principles in these broad agreements can be applied to people who would benefit from assistive technology, specific service standards are required to operationalize the CRPD and WHO objectives. Therefore, WHO, in partnership with the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), prepared global standards and an implementation manual to assist Member States in setting up, improving, or transforming their systems for delivering appropriate prosthetic and orthotic services.

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Author Biographies

Edward D Lemaire, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Development, 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1H 8M2.

Edward Lemaire, PhD, is actively involved with research on technologies that improve mobility for people with physical disabilities. He is a Senior Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Development; Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor in Human Kinetics, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Design Engineering. He is also active with the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, as a board member, international congress chairman, and incoming president. Dr. Lemaire’s research has resulted in over 450 published papers and presentations that include intelligent prosthetics and orthotics, biomechanical walking analysis in 3D virtual environments, smartphone approaches to improve decision-making, and eHealth technology to enhance access to education and rehabilitation services.

Terry J Supan, Supan Prosthetic Orthotic Consultations, Rochester, Illinois, USA.

Terry J. Supan, is President and CEO of Supan Prosthetic Orthotic Consultations. He is a Clinical Professor (Retired) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and a former Chair of the Illinois Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Licensure Board. He is a licensed and board certified orthotist and prosthetist that specialized in upper limb amputations, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, polio, stroke, and other rehabilitation for persons with physical disabilities. He is an internationally known speaker in those areas as well as lower limb prosthetics; biomechanics/gait analysis; prosthetic/orthotic education; state O&P practice acts; and governmental regulations. Mr. Supan served as the President of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists’ (AAOP) in 1990 -1991. On March 22nd, 2012 the Academy bestowed the Titus-Ferguson Lifetime Achievement Award on Mr. Supan. He is a Fellow of both the AAOP and the ISPO. In June of 2015 he was appointed to the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics Executive Board and serves as the Treasurer of ISPO. He was re-elected as ISPO Treasurer in 2017 and will serve in that capacity until 2019.

Marlo Ortiz, Ortiz International S.A. Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.

Marlo Ortiz graduated as an Engineer in 1977 from University of Guadalajara, Mexico and later undertook courses in Prosthetics and Orthotics until 1979, when he began to practice as a certified clinical prosthetist (Barra Mexicana de Certificacion en Ortesis y Protesis A.C.). He was recipient of the “Clinical Creativity” Prize presented at the 2005 AAOP meeting in Orlando and “Blatchford Prize” for Best “Prosthetic Technology” at the ISPO 2007 World Congress in Vancouver. Marlo Ortiz is an international speaker with O&P presentations at meetings in many countries for over 20 years. He is also National Coordinator of Uniting Frontiers Regional Board, International Representative of ISPO Mexico National Member Society, and member of the Executive Board of ISPO International.

References

1. WHO standards for prosthetics and orthotics. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017 (http://www.who.int/rehabilitation/prosthetics-and-orthotics-standards/en/, accessed 31 October 2018).
2. WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021. Better health for all people with disability. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2015 (http://www.who.int/disabilities/actionplan/en/, accessed 31 October 2018).
3. Rehabilitation 2030. A call for action. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017 (http://www.who.int/disabilities/care/rehab-2030/en/, accessed 31 October 2018).
4. Global cooperation on assistive technology (GATE). Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016 (http://www.who.int/phi/implementation/assistive_technology/phi_gate/en/, accessed 31 October 2018).
Published
2018-10-31
How to Cite
[1]
E. D. Lemaire, T. Supan, and M. Ortiz, “GLOBAL STANDARDS FOR PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS”, Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, Oct. 2018.