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Training allows Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services staff to remain on cutting edge

POPS employees gather in Philadelphia for training with Vorum technology

Training allows Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services staff to remain on cutting edge

Earlier this month, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia hosted a week of training within our Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Northeast, LLC department that brought together staff from Shriners Hospitals for Children and Vorum, the makers of computer-aided design and manufacturing tools that help staff custom fabricate orthotics and prosthetics for our patients.

Orthotists and prosthetists within the Shriners Hospitals for Children system from Pasadena, Springfield, Lexington, Portland, Twin Cities and Tampa met in Philadelphia with staff from Vorum to enhance their knowledge and collaborate on methodology regarding CADCAM, clinical care and orthotic and prosthetic fabrication.

Our Twin Cities hospital serves as a central fabrication center for the Midwest region, meaning that we can carve and craft prostheses and orthoses for patients within the Shriner Hospitals system in Chicago, Illinois, and Lexington, Kentucky, using our Vorum 3-axis carver. 

The training allowed for a refresher on the technology for those who are familiar with it and served as an introduction to those who are new staff in the Shriners Hospitals health care system.

“Any time you do this type of training, there is a level of collaboration. We have representation from all over the country. We all collaborate on how we see patients and how we utilize the technology. The collaboration only makes us a better practitioner and that will inevitably reflect in the care we provide. We’re taking tips from everyone and learning from it,” said Dino Scanio, corporate O&P fabrication manager.

Vorum’s high speed carver and advanced software allows for high efficiency within POPS. Staff are able to scan a patient’s body or casts and digitally modify their data and then fabricate a prosthesis or orthosis.

“A patient can walk into the Springfield Shriners Hospital. They will be scanned using this technology and the data will be modified by the practitioner, which is then digitally transmitted to the Philadelphia hospital where it’s then carved and custom fabricated,” said Scanio. 

For the staff working in a hospital that doesn’t have a carver, it can be extremely beneficial to witness what happens to their scanned image when it’s transmitted to a central fabrication center. Shriners Hospitals for Children is the largest pediatric user of Vorum’s technology, putting the Shrine system at the forefront of the industry. 

“We are able to offer all of our staff the latest tools to be able to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Scanio. As the technology behind our POPS continues to advance, Shriners Hospitals for Children looks for these opportunities to provide training for employees. 

“The day we say we are perfect and there’s nothing else to learn is the day we set ourselves up for failure,” said Scanio. “As technology advances, so must our knowledge.”

Vorum carver and POPS images

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