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Tampa Investigator Receives Patent for Prosthesis and Orthosis Slip Detection Sensor and Method of Use

Matthew M. Wernke, Samuel L. Phillips (CINDRR), Derek J. Lura, Stephanie L. Carey, and Rajiv V. Dubey
have received a patent for their invention that measures prosthetic or orthotic slip. The patent has been assigned to the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  The device, containing an optical sensor, is attached to the patient's prosthesis or orthosis and measures the amount of relative motion between the prosthetic socket and the residual limb surface or between the orthosis and the affected body part.  A prosthesis is an artificial body part and an orthosis/orthotic is a brace or other such device. Once prosthetic or orthotic slip is detected, the sensor device automatically adjusts the fit, based on a predetermined threshold, preventing chaffing and irritation of the skin. This sensor may be a key piece in developing an automatically adjustable dynamic prosthetic socket.

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The Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) is a multi-site COIN research center located in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. It is affiliated with the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center and the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. Both sites are part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8 which extends from South Georgia to Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CINDRR is dedicated to conducting research that identifies, develops, and tests strategies for improving Veteran rehabilitation services across the continuum of care and providing long term support for Veterans with disabilities and their families, including issues related to access, utilization, cost, quality, and health outcomes.

Our research focuses on maximizing Veteran Centered Rehabilitation outcomes and seamlessly integrating Rehabilitation Informatics and Technology to provide outstanding outcomes for Veterans and their families. Our center goals include providing excellent Mentorship opportunities for the next generation of VA researchers and fostering Cross-Center Collaborations and VA Operational Partnerships to benefit VHA research.

Examples of continuing collaboration between the two CINDRR sites, our national program, COIN, and affiliate partners are found in the stories above and throughout our site.

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