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Splint edging and lining materials, tools and accessories that improve the quality of splints

4 July, 2014 | Tags: , , , , | Categorised in:

Recently, new edging and lining materials, tools and accessories have been added to the Orfit range of splinting solutions. These products lead to an expansion of the current range of possibilities for nice splint fabrication, trimming and edge finishing. Have a look at the following products to find out how they can improve your future splints:

1) Splint edges can be finished with our new Soft ‘velvet’ Edging Strip.

Soft “velvet” Edging Strip.

This thin, stretchable, elastic and self-adhesive textile strip will cover up slightly sharp splint edges that sometimes cannot be avoided. The soft skin contact improves the wearing comfort to a maximum.
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2) This goes for the new Orfilastic Black as well.

Orfilastic Black

It will be your first choice of materials offering excellent body contact and skin care. These two new black coloured padding and lining materials match perfectly with our beautiful painter ‘s pallet of Orfit Colors NS splinting materials.
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3) Our new stainless steel Bandage Scissors and Sharp Scissors will make it easier to remove and trim the splints during and after the fabrication.

Bandage Scissors and Sharp Scissors

Their designs are excellent for cutting around curves as easy as possible.
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4) A new low-cost durable stainless steel Suspan Water Bath has been added to the range as well.
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Orfit Crystal NS – Improved splinting product with unique transparency and softness

25 June, 2014 | Tags: , | Categorised in:

At Orfit Industries we have a mind-set of permanent improvement. The development and production of splinting materials that offer the highest possible quality and performance is a vital element of this attitude.

A new version of Orfit Crystal NS is the result of our mind-set. The makeover of this product was focused on patients and therapists, listening to their needs, issues and challenges, and finally meeting those challenges with a product, unmatched in comfort and functionality where soft splinting/bracing is required.

Orfit Crystal NS – Improved splinting product  with unique transparency and softness

The new Orfit Crystal NS is one of the most “powerful” products we have ever developed!

Designed for soft splinting, the new Orfit Crystal NS is proving to be a patient’s dream come true. It offers a unique combination of soft-feel, transparency and an anti-bacterial NS coating. It is the only transparent material that can be moulded directly on the patient’s skin. It allows to make a thin, lightweight and less noticeable custom-made splint providing comfortable support and protection in combination with optimal soft skin comfort and proper ventilation. You have to wear it to appreciate how pleasant this material is! At the same time, Orfit Crystal NS is the perfect low cost solution compared to prefab soft braces that are costly.

Recommended applications for Orfit Crystal NS

We recommend Orfit Crystal NS to make:

  • Proprioceptive and supportive orthoses, especially when resuming daily activities during and after the recovery process;
  • Circumferential orthoses offering soft and flexible support, for example lightweight sports braces;
  • Orthoses to monitor healing wounds and scars. Can be used as a well-conforming interface between the burned skin and a hard shell pressure mask. Continue reading

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Unordinary applications of thermoplastic materials

10 June, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in: ,

Orfit Thermoplastic materials used in unusual, creative ways to improve patient comfort

Felix de Beer, moulding technician at the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), uses Orfit thermoplastic materials in rather unusual ways. One of the patients, René, has now expressed his wish to share a moulding technique that has severely improved his quality of life.

In 2012, a brain tumour was found in Rene at very early age. To protect his skull, Rene had to wear a very eye-catching helmet. He found this to be annoying because it drew a lot of attention, which was the last thing he wanted. For this patient, Felix de Beer created 2 caps of Efficast 2,0 mm micro perforation, which he then integrated into a baseball cap. Rene could now go outside without being stared at.

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Brain cancer patient René needed protection for his skull.
Integrating Efficast into a baseball cap was a perfect solution to camouflage this protection.
(Source: Catharina Hospital Eindhoven)

Besides this patient, Felix de Beer has also helped other patients with his innovative moulding techniques. He made a similar baseball cap for a 9-year old patient that wanted to play hockey but couldn’t because of a fontanelle that was not closed. At the request of the little boy’s orthopedist, the moulding technician made a plaster cast of the boy’s skull, and then made a perforated mask on the plaster copy of the skull, which was then integrated into a baseball cap. The boy is now able to safely practice hockey without the other players noticing his protection.

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Hand Therapy Week 2014

5 June, 2014 | Tags: , | Categorised in:

It’s Hand Therapy Week!

June 2-8th, 2014 has been officially designated by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) as Hand Therapy Week to promote the profession of hand therapy among consumers and professionals.  It is the ideal time to celebrate the unique offerings and contributions of the hand therapy profession!

Orfit Industries proudly supports the efforts of hand therapists everywhere in the world. Our company is dedicated to the hand therapy profession. Our products are uniquely manufactured to meet all of the needs of every patient requiring the services of a hand therapist.

You can visit our website to see our entire product line and our new products as well. Our new Orfit Strips in 2 widths and Orficast in two widths are big hits already!

Orfit Industries strongly believes in promoting continuing education for therapists.  We offer custom designed and creative splinting workshops to enhance skills in orthotic fabrication.  Our workshops are individually tailored to meet the needs of the participants, from students and beginner therapists to advanced clinicians. We have something to offer for everyone!  Check out our website which lists our upcoming workshop schedule and sign up today!  Or maybe you would like to host a workshop at your facility!  Contact Orfit today to find out how easy it is to host a course, learn a new trick in orthotic fabrication and earn valuable continuing education credit.

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Orfit Industries also promotes visits to clinics and facilities to meet our customers face to face and discuss their thermoplastic requirements.  Call us today to set up a visit!

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Soccer player wears Orfit mask to cure from crack in eye socket

25 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

Memphis Depay, soccer player at PSV Eindhoven in Holland, is wearing an Orfit mask to cure from a crack in his eye socket, incurred because of an elbow punch during a match. “The mask will even stay put when heading a ball”, says Felix de Beer of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven where Depay was treated.

Depay with the Orfit mask (Source: Catharina Hospital Eindhoven)

Depay with the Orfit mask (Source: Catharina Hospital Eindhoven)

The video and article of the treatment can be viewed here (in Dutch).

In the video, you can see how the PSV’er first gets a plaster cast. A thermoplastic mask, made of two layers of Orfit Classic (2mm) is then moulded onto the positive face print and fitted onto the patient. Memphis Depay will now be able to safely play soccer until he recovers from the injury.

Usually, Orfit thermoplastic masks are used to immobilize patients who are treated with radiation oncology, but the masks can also be used in Physical Rehabilitation to immobilize fractures and cracks in the face area .

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Saint Louis University Receives Immobilization Masks from Orfit Industries America

11 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics of the Saint Louis University (Doisy College of Health Sciences) received 10 masks from Orfit Industries America for their Radiation Therapy Program. The gift included three-point head masks, four-point pelvic masks and five-point head, neck and shoulders masks.

© Saint Louis University

© Saint Louis University

Sherry Bicklein, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, said “The masks will allow the radiation therapy students the opportunity to practice the construction of immobilization materials used in patient treatments.”

“This gift allows hands on practice for students with actual devices used on patients in the clinic setting,” Kathy Kienstra, Radiation Therapy Program Director said. “Students can construct immobilization devices in a safe environment prior to the students’ clinical rotations.”

The university utilizes actual cancer centers located throughout the area for their lab work. One of their better partners for this application is Missouri Baptist Hospital, a longtime user of Orfit High Precision Head and Neck Masks. When the students will eventually enter the workplace, it will be very beneficial if they have already been exposed to the most innovative immobilization products available for patient treatment during their education.

The gift, valued at nearly $1,000, was made possible through the work of Orfit Industries’ Regional Sales Manager Michael Nelson and SLU faculty members Kathy Kienstra, Sherry Bicklein and Michele Streb. It was definitely an honor to have the opportunity to be able to help support the educational efforts of the Radiation Therapy Program at the Saint Louis University.

Find the article written by the Saint Louis University here:
http://slu.edu/doisy/mirt-receives-immobilization-masks-from-orfit-industries-america

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Immobilizing and positioning breast patients in prone position with Sagittilt

6 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

 

Prone breast treatment is becoming more and more accepted as the advantages are proven in several publications worldwide. Lying face down for radiation therapy is proven to lessen the amount of collateral damage to breast cancer patients’ heart and lungs (Formenti SC, et al, 2012). Orfit Industries has designed a unique product to immobilize a prone breast patient: The SagittiltTM prone breast solution.

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Orfit at ESTRO 33 in Vienna (04-08 April, 2014)

3 March, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Categorised in:

Early April, Orfit Industries will exhibit at ESTRO 33 in Vienna. ESTRO 33 is the premier European event in Radiation Oncology and focuses on new and emerging developments in the field.

On the booth (#5300), we will be showcasing a wide range of products. You will be able to see plenty of mask demonstrations by our product specialists. Feel free to stop by and ask them for tips and tricks on how to use our products. They will be able to show you how to mold the novel Open Face Hybrid Mask, masks for the Extremities Solution, masks on the AIO Solution and many others.

Invitation ESTRO

Other innovative products that will be shown are the SagittiltTM Prone Breast Solution. This new product allows you to tilt the prone breast patient to allow the ipsi-lateral breast to fall further away from heart and lung. This is a unique solution to treat breast cancer patients and protect the healthy tissue.

You can also stop by for a demonstration of our SBRT solution. There will be 2 versions of the SBRT solution presented.

The Orfit staff will be happy to welcome you on the booth and answer all your questions.

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Orfit takes testing very seriously – Open Face Hybrid Mask Tests

14 February, 2014 | | Categorised in: ,

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This week, Orfit’s R&D department performed a test on the Open Face Hybrid Mask. The test was conducted on 10 people (5 men and 5 women, aged 24 till 59). Four different masks were molded on each person: 2 open face head masks (3-points) and 2 open face head, neck and shoulder masks (5-points). After 24 hours, the masks were refitted to test the reproducibility and shrinkage.

The test showed that none of the volunteers were able to move their head more than 2mm underneath the mask. This proves once again that the Open Face Hybrid Mask is as stable as a traditional 3-points head mask, while improving the patient comfort and reducing anxiety of being unable to move.

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Verborgen Belgische exportparel haalt Amerikaanse slag thuis

11 February, 2014 | Tags: | Categorised in: ,

Uit De Tijd van 11 februari 2014, door Maaike Van Melckebeke

Lees het artikel op de website van De Tijd

Orfit, een Belgische wereldspeler inzake medische hulpmiddelen, heeft in de Verenigde Staten groen licht gekregen om er een nieuw masker voor radiotherapiepatiënten op de markt te brengen. ‘Een belangrijke doorbraak.’

Orfit mag bij de doorsnee-Belg dan geen belletje doen rinkelen, het familiebedrijf uit Wijnegem is een begrip in zijn niche. Orfit produceert medische hulpmiddelen uit kunststof, met als bekendste voorbeeld spalkmiddelen voor patiënten die herstellen van een chirurgische ingreep. De grootste groeimarkt voor Orfit zit echter bij de ‘producten voor immobilisatie’ voor kankerpatiënten.

Een behandeling tegen kanker bestaat veelal uit een combinatie van een chirurgische ingreep, chemotherapie en radiotherapie (externe bestraling). Tumoren bestralen is erg doeltreffend, maar helaas zijn de stralen even toxisch voor de andere lichamelijke weefsels dan voor de tumor. Met de technologie van vandaag voorhanden, kunnen specialisten de straling precies beperken tot één afgelijnd gebied, maar dan moet de patiënt wel letterlijk volledig stilliggen. En daar komt Orfit in het verhaal.

‘We maken maskers uit smeltbare thermoplastics die de patiënt beperken om meer dan 2 millimeter te bewegen’, aldus Steven Cuypers, de CEO van Orfit. De maskers bestaan uit een kunststofmengeling die soepel wordt in water dat verwarmd wordt tot 65 graden. ‘Na een korte afkoeling leggen we het masker op de patiënt, waarna we een mal kunnen vormen die precies de vorm aanneemt van zijn of haar lichaam.’ Bij de daadwerkelijke behandeling wordt het masker vastgemaakt aan de tafel, waardoor de patiënt volledig vast ligt. Continue reading

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