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Volume 50 Number 8, 2013
   Pages 1069 — 1078

Methods for characterization of mechanical and electrical prosthetic vacuum pumps

Oluseeni Komolafe, PhD, et al.

Prosthetic vacuum pumps generate high levels of vacuum pressure that are used to secure prosthetic sockets onto the residual limbs of persons with amputation. Despite the increasing use of vacuum pumps in clinical practices, there are only a few guidelines directing the prosthetist’s and user’s selection among alternative vacuum pumps. These guidelines are primarily limited to manufacturer specifications. This report describes techniques developed to assess the performance of prosthetic vacuum pumps and demonstrates those techniques using a number of commercially available electrical and mechanical pumps. The findings may contribute to clinicians’ judgments on appropriate componentry for their patients’ needs.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.11.0204


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Komolafe O, Wood S, Caldwell R, Hansen A, Fatone S. Methods for characterization of mechanical and electrical prosthetic vacuum pumps. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(8): 1069–78.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.11.0204

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