Using 3D Printing in Physical Therapy: Competitive Advantage and Improved Care
Section: Section on Health Policy & Administration
Session Code: HP-2B-6965
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 146C

Speaker(s):   Karen Gordes, PT, PhD, DScPT
  Shawn Grimes, Bachelor of Science, Software and Internet Apps
  Amy Hurst, PhD
  Robert Latz, PT, DPT
  Sandy McCombe Waller, PT, PhD, NCS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

In this educational session, we will demonstrate several options for using 3D printing to customize assistive devices, modify special equipment, and create specific adaptations for equipment or exercises. We will present real-world experience using 3D printed adaptations for a group of patients with complex medical issues including a review of the challenges, strengths and outcomes.In this process of learning, we will discuss materials, machines, and software which will make this easier for any clinician and more effective for any patient. Combine the knowledge of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant with the functionality of software to create various devices. Finally, watch as actual items take shape in the onsite 3D printer as designed creations are 'printed' in front of attendees.In order to effectively provide rehabilitative care in a complex medical system, rehabilitative specialists need to be fluent in how technology can enhance their delivery of patient care. In addition, using a 3D printer can move your clinic ahead in a competitively edging environment. In addition, providing specific and customized adaptations allows our patients to become ever more independent in the world. This 3D printig technology allows one to use their creative and scientific knowledge to create optimal solutions for specific situations. Join us. Have fun. Learn something very new.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss current materials, software, and hardware used in 3D printing

2. List three potential benefits from using 3D printing in Physical Therapy

3. Describe at least one scenario when 3D printing is beneficial in Physical Therapy

4. Discuss integrating 3D technology into Physical Therapy Education and Interprofessional Opportunities

CEU: 0.2

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