Life without limbs: technology to the rescue

Cooke, Deirdre M., Ames, Matthew and Geffen, Saul (2015) Life without limbs: technology to the rescue. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 40 4: 517-521. doi:10.1177/0309364615579316

Author Cooke, Deirdre M.
Ames, Matthew
Geffen, Saul
Title Life without limbs: technology to the rescue
Journal name Prosthetics and Orthotics International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1746-1553
Publication date 2015-04-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0309364615579316
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 40
Issue 4
Start page 517
End page 521
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background:  This article reports a rare and inspirational case of a four-limb amputee, the range of integrated technology solutions that enable him to be a productive member of his family and the process and pitfalls of seeking technology solutions.

Case description and methods:  A complex case of bilateral transhumeral amputation and bilateral transfemoral amputation with residual upper limbs too short to oppose is presented. The multiple ‘high-tech’ and ‘low-tech’ devices used on a daily basis to move around his house and community, control his environment, communicate and feed himself without the use of limbs, prostheses or a second person are outlined.

Findings and outcomes:  Recent advances in electronics, computing and telecommunications technologies provide him with capabilities not possible 10 years ago.

Conclusion:  The process and pitfalls in sourcing technology solutions and the innovative solutions to meet the unique functional needs of this individual provide guidance to those with similarly severe and profound limitations to independence.
Clinical relevance Descriptions of technology solutions to improve independent functioning of those with quadruple amputation without prostheses as well as those with high-level spinal cord injury are of value to occupational therapists, patients and families alike.
Keyword Bilateral upper limb amputation
Quadruple amputee
Environmental controls
Quadrilateral amputation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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