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Four years ago I had never heard of the Paralympic Games, let alone watched them. The word “disability” was not in my vocabulary. I was in the Royal Marines, surrounded by the most able bodied guys you could possibly imagine. If ever someone did get blown up, they were quickly taken away elsewhere. As a sports fanatic I loved watching the Olympic Games when I could but as an able-bodied bloke it never even crossed my mind to watch the Paralympic Games.

It took an horrific accident to open up my eyes to the world of Paralympic sport. In the television coverage we are working on now it is one of our most important aims to give people that insight into the sport without having to go through a tortuous journey of their own. Because it seems to me that the world has been missing out – the Paralympics is incredible. I’ve been alive since 1986 and it pains me to think of all the Paralympics I’ve missed. And I genuinely feel that I have missed out – on Seoul, on Barcelona, on Atlanta, on Sydney, on Athens and on Beijing. All those incredible sporting moments – my life would have been much richer for them. Read more

T.O.D.D. Field Day: Try out adaptive sports, learn, play and share!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 10:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

T.O.D.D. Field Day is a chance to celebrate our memories of Todd Anderson (1960 – 2010), Otto Bock’s former Vice President of Clinical Services. Todd’s positive attitude and active lifestyle has inspired this fun-filled event.

Everyone will have the opportunity to try a variety of sports activities including: Adaptive Archery, Rock Climbing, Golf, Hand Cycling, Tennis, Hockey will all be part of the day, along with on court demonstrations for sports like wheelchair basketball and softball. Try some of these activities, check our product demos and local vendors, and stay for lunch! Safety is always first when doing these sport activities, if anyone is injured, they can get help from a sports medicine doctor who specializes in Sports Medicine Injuries for any accident that may occur during the event.

To make the activities open to as many participants as possible, adaptive equipment and professional staff with experience with individuals who use wheelchairs, braces, and prosthetic devices will be available.

Come Join Us!

Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00am – 3:00pm Read more

Check out this story – not only is she a world class athlete; she is being singled out for her beauty! We are cheering for you Mallory!

Fatigue May Predict Hospitalizations in COPD Patients

Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 07:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:06
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Fatigue may be a predictor of hospitalizations in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Fatigue in COPD: Association with Functional Status and Hospitalizations,” a study published in the June 14, 2012, online version of the European Respiratory Journal.

The study examined the importance of fatigue as a clinical indicator in COPD by analyzing 100 consecutive patients attending assessment clinics before pulmonary rehabilitation. Patients were asked to fill out a questionnaire, and physiologic data was collected. Researchers then analyzed the relationship between COPD severity and ability to predict risk of hospitalization. They also compared the intensity of fatigue in stable COPD patients with levels of fatigue reported by patients with other chronic conditions.

Researchers note that a significant relationship existed between fatigue and COPD severity, while fatigue reports also predicted future hospitalization risk. Read more

Handi Medical Supply is hosting a Job Fair

Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 12:08 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Handi Medical Supply is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, August 30th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at our location at 2505 University Avenue W, St. Paul, MN  55114.

Openings available are:

  • Call Center – 5+ yeas of customer service/call center experence
  • A/R Medical Billing – 5+ years of A/R – medical billing experience preferred
  • Insurance Benefits – 5+ years of related isnurance/compliance experience

At the Job Fair you will be able to meet with human resources and the hiring managers. Bring a resume, no need to register.