AMSUS 2015

AMSUS 2015

Members of the BADER Consortium are in San Antonio, Tex., this week for the 2015 AMSUS Continuing Education meeting, where federal and military health professionals are discussing how healthcare is flexing to meet the changing needs of its patients. The conference features top leadership from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency and others talking about health and scientific issues under the theme, “The New Normal.” AMSUS is a non-profit organization for federal and international health professionals that helps advance healthcare knowledge and effectiveness among its members. It includes the uniformed services along with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary of Health for the VA, will provide an update on the current and future state of the VA and also describe his vision for veterans’ healthcare. Medical and clinical operations, global health, and military health system updates are among the educational tracks. In addition, BADER Consortium is co-sponsoring the WARRIOR Symposium, a preliminary session that will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. today. The symposium will discuss rehabilitation needs for servicemembers and civilians following amputations or extremity trauma. WARRIOR stands for WARfighters Receiving Innovative Orthopedic Rehabilitation. The symposium is intended to offer a comprehensive look at the issue of orthopedic rehabilitation, from a military and civilian perspective. It will include a discussion of the findings of the Defense Health Board report issued earlier this year, which made recommendations for the sustainment and advancement of amputee care. Participants in the WARRIOR Symposium include Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, MD, director of the Defense Health Agency, discussing the “Roadmap for Change;” Maj. Gen. George Anderson,...
Running on research

Running on research

  ***** Imagine waking up one day and being somewhere other than where you’d thought you’d be. Now imagine waking up in this strange place and realizing it’s a room in a hospital. And you’ve lost your leg. From the hip down. That’s what happened to Army Sergeant Jay Fain in 2007, the day before a scheduled two-week  break from a tour in Iraq. Fain shared his story recently with oandp.com, an online site for orthotics and prosthetics information, because shortly after he lost his leg, Fain became an unlikely runner. You should read his story, which can be found here. After losing a leg at the hip, running is nearly impossible. But Fain was sent to BADER MTF Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)/Center for the Intrepid (CFI) for rehab. At CFI, he learned how to walk on a mechanical hip joint, the Össur Total Knee® and a basic foot. He gait trained, attended Össur Amputee Running and Mobility Clinics hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and relying on the latest research and expertise of certified prosthetist Bobby Latham, made sure his hip fit just right. Then, Fain found a knew knee, hip and foot: Össur POWER KNEE™, an Ottobock Helix hip joint and an Össur Re-Flex Rotate™ foot. After several rounds of trial and error, Fain was fitted a fixed hip joint, the Össur Total Knee 2100 and an Össur Flex-Run™ foot. Fain had some physical abilities that made his return to running remarkable, yet possible. But without the hard work of researchers, physical therapists, orthotists and prosthetists and others willing to put in the time to improving the quality of life for people...