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Dempsey – Achondroplasia, Cerebral Palsy

Brief description of environment of facility/school

Dempsey is seen by his school district’s Early Intervention team, with visits from the Physical Therapist twice per month as primary service provider with consultation from Early Childhood Special Education teacher and Service Coordinator.

Basic Info about client

Clients Name – Dempsey
Age – 10 months
Diagnosis – achondroplasia, cerebral palsy
Brief history – Dempsey’s mother experienced premature preterm rupture of membranes (PPROM) at 31 weeks, 3 days gestation and was hospitalized. Dempsey was delivered at 34 weeks, 1 day gestation with birth weight of 2400 grams. His Apgar scores were 3 at 1 minute and 8 at 5 minutes. He required positive pressure ventilation with oxygen and had ongoing care in the NICU for respiratory distress syndrome. MRI indicated severe hypoxic ischemic injury, multifocal cerebral, cerebellar, and intraventricular areas of microhemorrhage. Continue reading Dempsey – Achondroplasia, Cerebral Palsy

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Eli – Cerebral Palsy

Basic Info about client

Client’s Name: Eli
Age: 2 (will be 3 on 4/2/15)
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy
Brief history:
Premature birth – 35 weeks gestation
Sustained intrauterine ischemic event with damage to left parietal lobe, right occipital lobe, Macrodactyly left foot
Current Situation: Eli’s primary means of independent mobility is crawling with a non-reciprocating “bunny hop” pattern. He crawls up and down stairs and pulls to standing independently. He has decreased function of his right upper extremity, but consistently uses his right “helper hand”. Spasticity is present through both legs and right arm. Eli demonstrates typical crouch gait alignment in standing, tending toward bilateral ankle plantarflexion, and flexion at both knees and hips. He propels a gait trainer with minimal assist with forearm prompts and does best with ankle prompts to minimize scissoring and anterior rotation of the left side of the body. He requires verbal prompting to step to or step through with his right foot. Eli has bilateral Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs) to assist with alignment of his feet and lower legs. Continue reading Eli – Cerebral Palsy

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Greta – Cerebral Palsy – spastic, quadriplegic

Brief description of environment of facility/school

Greta is served through  Early Intervention with a trans-disciplinary, family routines-based model and Physical Therapist as primary service provider.

Basic Info about client

  • Greta
  • Age: 30 months
  • Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy – spastic, quadriplegic
  • Brief history:
    • born after an uncomplicated pregnancy at 39 3/7 weeks
    • at birth, she had a heart rate of 92 but no spontaneous respirations
    • Apgars were 3 at birth; 4 at one minute; and 4 at ten minutes
    • shortly after birth, Greta had Sarnat stage III encephalopathy and on admission to Newborn Intensive Care Unit at 2 ½ hours of age, she had stage II encephalopathy
    • initial EEG showed occasional electrographic seizures. She was cooled for 72 hours and her EEG showed improvement
    • receives regularly scheduled botulinum toxin injections to most affected areas (usually upper extremity)
    • had trial of Sinemet for motor function, but drug was discontinued due to gastrointestinal side effects (vomiting)

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Educational Standing Seminar at Medtrade

Altimate Medical Inc., manufacturer of EasyStand standing frames, is sponsoring an educational seminar at Medtrade 2001, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The seminar is titled Weight Bearing Distribution In Supported Standing: Effectiveness of Commonly Used Devices.

The speakers will be Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP, ABDA, and Tina Roesler, MSPT. This session will review indications and precautions for supportive standing, identify and detail the benefits of standing, and use clinical findings to discuss effectiveness of specific standing devices. At this seminar, attendees will learn to compare and contrast between different styles of standers and learn unique applications of pressure mapping technologies in regards to assisted standing.

The seminar will be on Thursday, October 25th at 9:15 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For more information about EasyStand products, please call 800-342-8968 or visit us at Booth #1828 at Medtrade.

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Altimate Medical Inc. Awarded for High Safety Standards

EasyStand Safety Staff Members Altimate Medical (AMI) of Morton was recently re-certified for the MNSHARPS (Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) award by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Safety. This award is granted to firms in Minnesota that achieve and maintain excellence in workplace safety and health. This is the 4th consecutive year AMI has been the recipient of this award. Two employees, Levi Knobloch and Steve Schmidt represented the company and received the award at the Governor’s Safety Award Luncheon held in St. Paul in May.

To achieve this MNSHARPS status, managers and employees must work together to develop and implement safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all OSHA standards.

Altimate Medical presently employs 37 people and has been in business for 14 years. They manufacture and sell EasyStand’s, a device that assists the physically handicapped to stand. AMI recently completed an addition to their facility in Morton, which more than doubled the office space.


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Independent Kneepads Flip-Up for Easier Transfers into EasyStand

EasyStand 5000 Independent KneepadsAltimate Medical Inc. (AMI) has added Flip-Up Independent Kneepads to the EasyStand 5000 standing system. The Flip-Up feature will allow the individual using the stander to transfer into it easier and safer. The Flip-Up Kneepads are designed for individuals who may have knee contractures, leg length discrepancies, or require more adjustment in their kneepad. The Independent Kneepads can be adjusted individually in height and depth.

The EasyStand 5000 is a modular standing frame, allowing options like the Flip-Up Independent Kneepads to be added at anytime.

For more information, please contact Altimate Medical Inc. at 1-800-342-8968.