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Sampson's Attends AOPA National Assembly
Sampson's News Update

Bill Sampson, CP, and Practice Administrator Dianne Kiernen attended the 2014 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) National Assembly held Sept. 4-7 in Las Vegas.

Bill attended clinical education programs and scientific symposia, while Dianne focused on business management, human resources, and O&P compliance. They also met with vendors who were featuring the newest products and latest technology for the prosthetics and orthotics profession.

Hot topics for many of the 2,000 plus attendees were workshops and updates on audits and increased government regulation regarding insurance reimbursement.

Keynote address speaker was Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer whose leg was shattered at the Boston Marathon bombings. Haslet-Davis has now become an advocate for other amputees. "I feel really passionately about the rights of amputees as well as the advancements in prosthetics," she said. "I know that the only thing that makes me disabled is not the fact that I don’t have two feet, it's the fact that what I'm using isn't advanced enough to make me do the same thing that the person next to me with two feet can do."



A team from Sampson's played in the annual St. Mary's Memorial Classic Golf Tournament
Sampson's News Feature

A team from Sampson's played in the annual St. Mary's Memorial Classic Golf Tournament, Sept.5, at Rolling Hills Country Club, Fort Johnson.

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Patient Gets Relief from Excessive Sweating with Botox® Injections
Sampson's News Feature

When above-knee amputee Ann Simmons experienced excessive sweating in her socket and on her residual limb, she lost suction suspension and did not feel secure walking in her prosthesis. As a very active amputee, she didn’t want to be limited by down time to take off her socket, dry the sweat, only to have it return again in a short period.

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Sub-Atmospheric Socket Provides Comfort and Flexibility for Longtime Patient
Sampson's News Feature

One of the most dangerous farm machines is the hay baler, a tractor accessory that ties and bundles hay into bales. Every year, hundreds are injured as a result of being crushed or pulled into a baler. Such is the case with Sampson's patient David W. Smith, who lost his leg in a nasty baler accident in the early 1970s.

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Life after amputation
CBS News

Thanks to advances in technology, losing a limb no longer means living a diminished life. Some of the most cost-effective state of the art prosthetic and even orthotic devices are right here in our back yard. Click here to read the full story.



Man uses life story as inspiration for young patients
Glens Falls PostStar

Read another inspirational story of a Sampson's patients featured in Glens Falls PostStar. Watch the accompanying video featuring Bill Sampson, CP. Click here to learn more about Scott's journey.



Living a full life after amputation
Your News Now

Of the more than 100 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, we know that some of them have lost limbs. Some may think it will be impossible to go on living a normal life, but experts say that's not the case. Click here to read the full story.



Michelangelo® Hand Offers Unprecedented Gripping Actions and Speed

The new Michelangelo® Hand from Ottobock is the only prosthetic hand with seven functional options, including a moveable thumb, allowing the user to pick up objects sideways, grip flat items from the side, carry cylindrical objects with a large diameter, and hold small objects securely using the thumb, middle finger, and index finger to form a three-point support.

+ Two drive units for natural movement patterns
+ Wrist joint with flexion, extension and rotation
+ Cosmesis made of both hard and soft materials that mirror bones, joints, muscles, and tendons
+ Increased responsiveness and predictability
+ Neutral mode for resting the hand in a natural position

"I can lift things, I can hold things, I can change the hand position, I can do any number of things. This is by far the most anatomically-correct hand I've ever had."
- Michael Nelson, first Sampson's patients to wear the Michelangelo, fit by Bill Sampson, CP.



Click here to more info and to view pictures of Michael Nelson using the Michelangelo® Hand.



Sampson's Sponsors Vascular Nursing Event

Sampson's practitioners, Jill Kunz, CO, Mike Pagano, CPO, and Ken Garcia, CPO, represented the company recently at a fundraising event for the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing (NESVN). "Vascular Fever Staying Alive" was a 70's themed-event that featured music, raffle prizes, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as well as the opportunity to see product displays by sponsors, who included Sampson’s Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory! Proceeds from the event benefited the organization's Linda Ward Travel Scholarship.

The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing is a Professional Nursing Organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the care of individuals with vascular disease, and their families, by providing education, fostering clinical expertise, supporting research, and contributing to the prevention of vascular disease.

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