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PPAM AID - PNEUMATIC POST AMPUTATION MOBILITY AID Sheila Hughes 2008. Original design was by Professor Little from RPA in 1971. Comprised an inflatable air splint with a rigid aluminium frame and a telescopic shank and a SACH foot

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Original design was by Professor Little from RPA in 1971. Comprised an inflatable air splint with a rigid aluminium frame and a telescopic shank and a SACH foot
  • In 1982 Bonner in the USA trialled a air leg which had an inner air bag that was placed over the stump and an outer fibreglass shell.Again it had a metal shank and a SACH foot.
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Research Dept at Roehamton Hospital London combined the two designs and added their own touch.
  • Their mobility aid comprises an aluminium frame with a rocker foot, a small inner bag which is placed over the distal stump and an outer stump sleeve which extends into the groin.
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Used for transtibial and transfemoral amputees
  • Use same aluminium support frame but different stump bags
  • Cannot be used for bilateral amputees
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Partial weight bearing aid only
  • Used primarily in the parallel bars
  • Some patients can progress to crutches but never used with sticks
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Can be used from approx 7 days post-op, dependent on initial wound healing
  • Accurate documentation of wound progress is essential
  • Never used if wound is infected or if wound is dehiscing
  • Can be applied over stump dressings,stump shrinkers , bandages or over trousers
method
Method
  • Pump a small amount of air into the inner bag
  • Turn it inwards to form a shallow cup which is then placed on the end of the stump
  • The larger outer stump sleeve is then slipped over the inner cushion and placed with the top end in contact with the patients groin.
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A rigid frame is then placed over the outside of the bag
  • Need to leave at least 2 inches between the top of the frame and the top of the outer bag.
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The webbing is placed at the bottom of the frame to support the distal end of the outer sleeve.
  • The rocker foot should be in a position such that the remaining limb is slightly shorter
  • Place strap over opposite shoulder and attach to frame.
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Support the frame whilst inflating
  • The outer bag is inflated to 40mmHg for walking
  • On weight bearing there will be some shortening and some adjustment may need to be made to the length.
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Worn for 5- 10 mins initially and then the stump must be examined
  • Gradually build up wearing time
  • Whenever the patient is sitting the outer sleeve must be deflated a little and the leg elevated to prevent the circulation being compromised
benefits
Benefits
  • Psychological boost
  • Patient is upright and weight bearing
  • Provides total stump contact
  • Aids in oedema reduction
  • Can give some indication about whether or not they will be prosthetic users
  • Can be reused for other amputees
drawbacks
Drawbacks
  • Lack of knee flexion/extension when mobilising
  • Can introduce gait deviations eg. circumduction. More apparent with transfemorals.
  • Initial stages are time consuming