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March 23, 2014 • 08:14 PM

BACK TO SCHOOL, PART 1 of 3: WELCOME TO SFSU

Last week was a groundbreaking week here at Carter Cuff HQ. I am very proud to announce that I am now partnering with the esteemed faculty and students from San Francisco State University’s Department Of Kinesiology to engage in clinical testing of the Carter Cuff.

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of “The Story So Far”: I’ve been developing, patenting and using the Carter Cuff for the last four years. Year 1 was spent manufacturing and testing new prototypes every month to improve the design and work out the bugs. I used it very regularly under the supervision of trainers, who tracked the results to prove it worked. I also filed for the US patent. Year 2 was all about getting the device into use at Walter Reed after a demonstration there, outfitting servicemen who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan with cuffs to aid in their rehabilitation, and filing for international patents. Year 3 was spent making some initial inroads to the prosthetics industry and dealing with the lengthy legal processes for both the US and international patents. Year 4 was the year of publicizing the device after three years of keeping it offline and under the radar. That meant launching this website, attending all three big annual prosthetics conventions (and getting hired as a hand model in the process), taking part in Transition Possible’s Sealfit charity event. Year 4 also featured a strong finish when the US and international patents were secured.

So now in 2014, we’re into Year 5. I have to finish up securing the Canadian patent, and now it’s time to finally get going with the clinical testing of the device. The testing will accomplish three major things, aside from getting it out there for more people to use. First, by spreading the use of the device out over a larger group of people whose use and whose results will be tracked, we’ll get a broader spectrum of how well the device works, along with its potential applications that may not yet be apparent. Second, we’re going to be able to find out what sort of modifications to the design may be warranted based on constructive criticism from the testers. And third, the regulatory reasons: in order for the Carter Cuff to be covered by health insurance, the US government requires that the device have what’s called an L-code. This is a serial number signifying that the device is legitimate and has been proven to work, and the way you do that is by conducting clinical testing and then applying for an L-Code with the completed research.

If that all sounds a bit daunting? Well, to be honest, it kind of is. Fortunately, and not for the first time, I received some excellent advice from within the prosthetic industry about how all this might happen. In this case the person deserving a shout-out would be Diane Atkins, who is a leading figure in upper extremity prosthetics and amputation rehabilitation. After meeting her last September at a prosthetics convention, she made the rather perspicacious suggestion that I contact Dr. Marilyn Mitchell at SFSU, whose career has featured a significant amount of upper extremity prosthetic research. Diane turned out to be absolutely right about it being a good fit, because after a few emails and a face-to-face meeting with Dr. Mitchell and her colleague Dr. David Anderson in January, it was all systems go.

Now a couple months later, it’s time to get things under way with two full days on campus.

In Part Two (coming Wednesday, March 26th) I’ll introduce everyone, and in Part 3 (coming Friday, March 28th) I’ll write about our first project.

Stay tuned.

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