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Programmable Control: Clinical Experience At Bloorview MacMillan Centre

dc.contributor.author Kurtz, Isaac
dc.contributor.author Heim, Winfried
dc.contributor.author Bauer-Hume, Heidi
dc.contributor.author Hubbard, Sheila
dc.contributor.author Ramdial, Sandra
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-04T16:09:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-04T16:09:30Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.citation From "MEC 99," Proceedings of the 1999 MyoElectric Controls/Powered Prosthetics Symposium Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: August, 1999. Copyright University of New Brunswick.
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/4922
dc.description.abstract Advances in microprocessor technology in recent years have led to the introduction of programmable control systems for powered prosthetics. These systems allow amputees to try a variety of control schemes and choose the one that suits them best. Prosthetists, no longer limited to preprogrammed control schemes, can devise new schemes that are suited for the amputee's individual needs. Over the past few years, Bloorview MacMillan Centre has fit approximately 20 clients with programmable control systems. A retrospective analysis of this group, which includes amputation levels fiom below-elbow to shoulder disarticulation, demonstrates the benefits this approach. The benefits fall into four general categories: 1) evolution of the control system as the user's needs and abilities change, 2) the amputee's ability to choose their own preferred strategy, 3) accommodation of abnormal and noisy signals and 4) ability to accommodate high-level amputees. This paper will summarize our clinical experience with programmable control. Case studies illustrating this approach and its various benefits will be presented.
dc.publisher Myoelectric Symposium
dc.title Programmable Control: Clinical Experience At Bloorview MacMillan Centre


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