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Elevated vacuum suspension preserves residuallimb skin health in people with lower-limb amputation: Randomized clinical trial

Cameron Rink, PhD, et al.

For Veterans with lower-limb amputation, the use of a prosthesis subjects soft tissues of the residual limb to pressure and load that cause physical trauma. The current article is the first of its kind to find ways to objectively measure how different types of prosthesis suspension affect residual-limb health. Elevated vacuum suspension uses a suction pump to improve prosthetic socket fit. Compared with traditional prosthetic systems that do not use vacuum, elevated vacuum technology benefitted skin health and circulation in the residual limb after 16 wk of use.

Volume 53 Number 6, 2017
   Pages 1121 — 1132

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Rink C, Wernke MM, Powell HM, Gnyawali S, Schroeder RM, Kim JY, Denune JA, Gordillo GM, Colvin JM, Sen CK. Elevated vacuum suspension preserves residual-limb skin health in people with lower-limb amputation: Randomized clinical trial. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(6):1121–32.

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