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Supporting a good cause: The Global Rainbow Foundation in Mauritius

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

Orfit Industries decided to support an NGO in Mauritius, the Global Rainbow Foundation.They have recently launched a Rehabilitation and Training Centre for Disabled to empower differently abled persons and vulnerable groups through Rehabilitation, Education & Training and to provide them the opportunity for holistic human development so that they can lead a happy and rewarding life with dignity and respect in the local and global community.

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We received a kind letter from the president of the Global Rainbow Foundation, prof. Armoogum Parsuramen. He explains why our donation of sheets of Orfit Classic and Orficast (6cm) is so important for Mauritius:

“We offer rehabilitation services to people with different forms of congenital and acquired disabilities. Many of our patients require orthoses that are difficult to get around our island. Your kind gesture will allow us to manufacture the required orthoses and splints that will enable our patients to become independence in their daily lives and/or correct deformities they have.  As the leader in thermoplastics and splinting materials, your generous donations is very much appreciated and will aid us in our endeavour to better the quality of life of people with disabilities.”

The goods are now in production at Orfit Industries and will be delivered to the Global Rainbow Foundation within the next couple of weeks.

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Thesis: Prone versus supine treatment position when irradiating the left breast (R. de Vries, J. Karst)

21 August, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Categorised in:
In a graduation thesis of the education “Medical Imaging and Radiotherapeutic Techniques” (MBRT), conducted for the Medisch Spectrum Hospital in Twente, R. de Vries and J. Karst compared the prone and the supine treatment position when irradiating women with breast cancer. For the prone position, the Sagittilt Prone Breast Solution of Orfit Industries was used.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Common treatments for breast cancer are breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy. Breast-conserving surgery is followed by radiation therapy. A part of the heart and a part of the lungs are irradiated during irradiation of the breast in the current position (supine). This can lead to heart failure and lung injury after 10 to 15 years. Therefore, it is important that the dosage for the heart and lungs is kept as low as possible. Irradiation of the breast in prone position is a technique that aims to save the heart and lungs. The advantages and disadvantages of this position compared with the supine position were investigated in this study by creating a treatment plan for both positions.

Based on this study it can be concluded that treating breast cancer in the prone position is a good alternative to the supine position. It provides a lower dose of irradiation in the heart and the left lung upon irradiation of the left breast after breast-conserving surgery.

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The Sagittilt Prone Breast Solution has recently been cleared by the FDA and is now officially for sale in the United States as well. It will be presented at ASTRO 2014 in San Francisco (booth no. 1438).

More information about the Sagittilt Prone Breast Solution can be found on our website.

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Orfit’s SBRT solution extensively tested by Jolimont Hospital in Belgium – The results

1 August, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

 

The Orfit SBRT-solution has been extensively tested by the Jolimont Hospital in La Louvière, Belgium. Their radiotherapy department was looking for an SBRT-system and decided to do a clinical verification of the Orfit SBRT Solution. We are happy to be able to share their experiences.

They decided to test the long SBRT base plate, and they experienced the following positive features:

  • The base plate offers many immobilization possibilities;
  • The reproducibility of the immobilization is suitable for SBRT-treatments;
  • The solution is comfortable for the patients.
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The long SBRT plate with vacuum bag

Because of the dimensions of the long SBRT base plate, the radiotherapy department also wanted to try out the short base plate. This lighter, thinner and shorter SBRT base plate is easier to handle, but offers less possibilities for immobilizing with a thermoplastic mask.

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Jolimont hospital compared the long SBRT base plate to this short SBRT plate

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Humanitarian Prosthetists & Orthotists – Supporting a good cause

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

The Humanitarian Prosthetists & Orthotists (HP&O) is a Belgian organisation whose main goal is to make orthopaedic materials accessible on a larger scale so it becomes a right even for the poorest.

HP&O regularly goes on missions to developing countries where help is needed. In April, they went on an orthopaedic mission to Bombouaka, Togo. In order to provide suitable materials to the orthotists & prosthetists in these countries, they collect used prostheses, carts and plastics in Belgium and give them a second life over there.

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Orfit Industries decided to help this organisation in their noble goal by donating splinting materials as well. The Humanitarian Prosthetists & Orthotists received 100 sheets of Orfit Classic. We selected Orfit Classic because it can be used for all splint types, which makes it the perfect material for the local therapists to gain experience.

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The region where HP&O is active also has many prosthetic needs. For example, there is the case of Mouchatou, a 6 year old girl in Togo, who needs a prosthetic leg. We introduced our Orfitrans range to HP&O, and Orfitrans Excel and Orfitrans Extra Soft in particular with the aim of supporting HP&O in their ambition that equipment and healthcare should be available for everyone.

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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.

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© 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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