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Touch Bionics releases i-LIMB Hand Protocol for Therapists

Livingston, Scotland: Touch Bionics™, developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, has launched the i-LIMB Hand Protocol for Therapists, authored by Diane Atkins, OTR, in co-operation with the Touch Bionics clinical team.

The focus of the Protocol for Therapists is to orient the occupational or physical therapist with the unique characteristics and function of the i-LIMB Hand, and to familiarize them with the progression of i-LIMB Hand functional training. The materials provided are also designed to facilitate authorization for patient services, enhance patient evaluations, support team based rehabilitation services and, ultimately, to optimize the success that wearers will have when using the i-LIMB Hand.

Touch Bionics will offer i-LIMB Hand Accredited Therapist training programs both in the UK and the US. The first training session in the US will take place on June 26th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Shriners Hospital, followed by training on 13th August and 14th September. Next training dates in Livingston, Scotland are on July 8th and 9th. More dates to follow.

"We are very excited to embrace the OT community and we now have the protocol to do support our efforts," said Phil Newman, Touch Bionics' Marketing Director. "Diane has done an amazing job and we are grateful for the invaluable expertise she brings with her. The protocol will, without a doubt, prove to be a huge support for end users and therapists alike - we want to increase user experimentation and function to allow them to benefit fully from what the i-LIMB Hand can do."

"I'm extremely pleased with the new protocol which is incredibly comprehensive," commented Diane Atkins OTR, FISPO. "Each person with an upper extremity amputation is unique, and no two amputations are identical, therefore, the opportunity to train an individual to use a prosthesis can be one of the most challenging and rewarding clinical opportunities a therapist can experience."

About Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics. In 2007, Touch Bionics brought to market the i-LIMB Hand, a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. The company continues to develop leading-edge technologies for the treatment of patients with upper-limb deficiencies. For more information, visit www.touchbionics.com

About Diane Atkins

Diane Atkins is an occupational therapist, currently in private practice, who has specialized in upper extremity rehabilitation for the past 30 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Diane's area of specialization focuses on prosthetic training and the comprehensive rehabilitation of upper extremity amputees, particularly those with bilateral upper extremity limb loss. Her experience with over 1500 amputees has enabled her to lecture and teach to professional audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and the Far East. She is a past Board Member and Fellow in the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Honorary Member in the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

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