How Did You Decide To Make The Cutaneous Anchor System?

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L

November 9, 2015

Share:

Question

How did you decide to make the cutaneous anchor system as an alternative to the harness for upper limb prosthetic use?

Answer

Thank you for asking about that. I will tell you about it. This is technology that I created. As a user of prosthetic technology, I myself have experienced overuse. Quite honestly in the 58 plus years that I have used a prosthesis, I have never liked the harness. At different points along the way I tried to think of other ways of access body power that would eliminate that. Ultimately, I thought about the scapula and the access from scapular movement. I realized that we could actually access body power from that. But how to do it?

I started thinking about stickers. I was a pediatric therapist at the time in a hospital setting. I used stickers a lot and I realized that adhesives had come a long way. I started experimenting with adhesives in the area of the scapula on myself, and it ended up leading to this technology called the cutaneous anchor technology. It holds two patents, one for the technology itself and the other is for the whole method of use because apparently no one thought of it before this.

Shriners Hospital for Children owns the technology, and they gave me the license to market and manufacture it, which I do through my company Single Handed Solutions. TRS, the company in Boulder, Colorado is one of the companies, and the only company in the United States that carries it. There is a company in Canada and one in Europe that carries it.

It is an alternative to the user of prosthetic technology to activate their terminal device or to help keep the device on. I have used this for individuals with hand loss as well as whole arm loss, both above and below the elbow.


debra latour

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L

Dr. Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L is a registered occupational therapist and owner of Single-Handed Solutions, LLC, providing clinical, educational, and research consulting services to manufacturers, providers, and individuals with upper limb loss/difference. She offers clinical interventions through her affiliation with Handspring Clinical Service.   Debi graduated from BSOT/Tufts University and earned her M.Ed. (Advanced Practice OT) from Springfield College and post-professional OTD at A.T. Still University. She is a full-time academic faculty at Western New England University.  Debi is active with the Amputee Coalition and is a member of ACPOC, AAOP, ATA, and AOTA. Debi has a congenital upper limb difference, is an active prosthesis-user and shares her experiences and tips through her blog at www.Single-HandedSolutions.blogspot.com. She is the inventor of record of patented prosthetic technology, and has authored published articles and chapters in occupational therapy text books, as well as copyrighted educational materials distributed by ContinuEd and MedBridge. Debi has consulted with Scholastic Books as a sensitivity reader for diverse publications, was mentioned in the book “Inventology” (by Pagan Kennedy), and is a subject in the “We Design” exhibit of Design Museum, that opened October 3 in Boston, MA.


Related Courses

Upper Limb Prosthetic Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists: An Introduction
Presented by Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Course: #2343Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'I thought that this course was a good intro to prosthetics'   Read Reviews
This 60 minute course serves as an introduction to upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation. It is the first in a series that builds upon a foundation of understanding the types of limb deficiency/loss (congenital vs acquired; unilateral vs bilateral), the causes, and defines terms for better communication.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series of recordings titled "Series: Upper Limb Prosthetics", course 2441 which is offered for AOTA/0.4 and NBCOT/5.0.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”

Upper Limb Prosthetic Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists: Understanding Technology
Presented by Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Course: #2371Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'A good review of prosthetic technology'   Read Reviews
This 60 min. course is second in a series on upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation and will focus on understanding prosthetic technology including: basic components, passive aesthetic functional devices, activity-specific devices, body-powered devices, and externally powered devices with an introduction to new technologies in this area.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series of recordings titled "Series: Upper Limb Prosthetics", course 2441 which is offered for AOTA/0.4 and NBCOT/5.0.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”

Upper Limb Prosthetic Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists: Evaluation
Presented by Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Course: #2372Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Very thorough'   Read Reviews
This 60 min. course is the third in a series on upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation and will focus on the evaluation process including: a general full evaluation, functional assessment, outcome measures, satisfaction/quality of life, and pain. It will also discuss developing plans of care and letters of medical necessity.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series of recordings titled "Series: Upper Limb Prosthetics", course 2441 which is offered for AOTA/0.4 and NBCOT/5.0.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”

Upper Limb Prosthetic Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists: Management and Resources
Presented by Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Course: #2373Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'The course was created by a congenital amputee, like I am'   Read Reviews
This 60 min. course is the last in a four part series on upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation and will focus on management and the resources available. Discussion will include: pediatric application, wound management, preparatory phase, prosthetic training, refinement, adaptive strategies and assistive devices.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series of recordings titled "Series: Upper Limb Prosthetics", course 2441 which is offered for AOTA/0.4 and NBCOT/5.0.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”

Series: Upper Limb Prosthetics
Presented by Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Debra Latour, OTD, M.Ed. Advanced Practice of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Course: #2441Level: Intermediate4 Hours
  'Great information for a therapist who might need to treat this relatively unique patient population'   Read Reviews
The 4-part series on upper limb prosthetics will review the types of limb deficiency/loss causes and define terms. It will also discuss prosthetic technology, the evaluation process, functional assessment, outcome measures, management, and resources available.

Please note: This course series is comprised of the following individual recordings: #2406, #2415, #2419, and #2431.

This course is part of the “Hand and Upper Extremity Review Series.”