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Continuing Education

Westcoast is Committed to Raising the Standards of Orthotic & Prosthetic Care in the Tampa Bay Area

Westcoast Brace & Limb is committed to raising the standards of orthotic and prosthetic care. We provide continuing education opportunities (CEUs) for nurses, occupational/physical therapists, nurse case managers, physicians, and other allied health professionals. Our North Tampa corporate office can accommodate large groups and our on-site fabrication laboratory gives participants a rare first-hand look into the process of creating, designing and fine-tuning custom-fitted orthoses and prostheses.

Orthotic Course List

Cranial Remolding Orthoses (1-2 hours): This course will educate medical personnel about evaluating infants for referral for a custom cranial remolding orthosis. Participants will be trained in the team philosophy of orthotic management of children with positional plagiocephaly. Participants also will learn how an orthotist assesses each patient’s head shape as well as the indications and contraindications of orthotic management in order to recommend the most appropriate orthosis.

Halo Overview (Approximately 1 hour): This course educates medical professionals about Halo patient care. Some of the items covered include the Halo vest, care of the vest, changing the liner, skin care, pin care, patient activity and much more.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Overview (Available as a 1- or 2-hour course, however, the 2-hour course is recommended):This course will educate appropriate medical personnel about the various types of lower- and upper-extremity orthotics and prosthetics, their uses and indications. It also deals with the latest advances in orthotics and prosthetics and how they apply to the patient.

Orthotic Overview (1 hour): This course will teach medical personnel about the various types of lower- and upper-extremity orthoses, their uses and indications. Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Verbalize the nomenclature as it relates to orthoses; identify different bracing options within each category and their indications; identify different materials used to make braces; and verbalize medical problems associated with various types of bracing.

Orthotic Management (2 hours): This course is a combination of the Orthotic Overview and Pediatric Orthotic Management course.

Pediatric Orthotic Management (1-2 hours): This course will educate medical personnel about the various types of orthoses available for pediatric patients.

The topics covered include: Spinal Management, Idiopathic Scoliosis, The Orthotic Plan for the Treatment of Spina Bifida and Other Neuromuscular Disorders, and Cerebral Palsy. The appropriate braces to assist with these diseases or disorders will be discussed.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Verbalize the nomenclature as it relates to orthotics; identify different bracing options for pediatric patients with various diseases or disorders; understand how the braces work and are fit; identify different materials used to make braces; and verbalize medical problems associated with various types of bracing.

Prosthetic Course List

Advances in Battery Powered Upper Extremity Prostheses (1 hour): This course will educate medical personnel about the various battery-powered, upper-extremity prostheses that are available. Participants will learn about the indications for battery power, contraindications, control systems, new materials and the applicable levels.

Advancements in Prosthetics Technology for the Lower Limb

Lower Extremity Prosthetic Overview (1 hour): This course is basically the Prosthetic Overview without the upper extremity information.

Lower Extremity Prostheses: Basic & Intermediate Overview Course (2 hours)

Prosthetic Management of the Upper Extremity Amputee (1 hour): This course will educate medical personnel in the clinical protocols of prosthetic management of the upper-extremity amputee. Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Verbalize and understand the etiology of upper extremity amputations; verbalize the importance of different time elements in fitting an upper extremity amputee with a prosthetic device; verbalize knowledge of the medical consequences of delayed prosthetic rehabilitation; and verbalize the understanding of different prosthetic options for the upper extremity amputee.

Prosthetic Overview (1-2 hours): This course will educate medical personnel about the various types of lower- and upper-extremity prostheses, their uses and indications.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Verbalize the incidence and etiology of upper and lower extremity amputations; identify and describe the different levels and types of amputations; identify postoperative complications; verbalize understanding of normal time frames in prosthetic rehabilitation; verbalize medical problems associated with improper prosthetic use or improper prosthetic fitting. Participants will also be educated on how to identify and describe the different componentry of lower- and upper-extremity prostheses and the appropriate patient function level for each type of componentry.

Interface Socket Design & Gait Deviations (2 hours): This course will educate appropriate medical personnel about gait analysis and the various types of interface design, their uses and indications through patient and practitioner interaction. Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Identify and distinguish between different transtibial interface designs; understand the advantages, disadvantages, indications and contraindications of certain interface design; recognize and correct transfemoral gait deviations; and understand patient and practitioner interaction. Patient demonstrations complete this program.

Silicone Restoration & Its Function (1 hour)

Upper Extremity Prosthetic Overview (1-2 hours)

For more information on upcoming CE courses, please contact:

Westcoast Brace & Limb
(813) 985-5000
shea.miller@wcbl.com

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