O&P Library > Orthotics and Prosthetics > 1959, Vol 13, Num 4 > pp. 46 - 46

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Readers Comment On Tesamoll Foamstik Tape

L. Laufer & Co. *

The Journal has received the following comments from certified facilities as to their use of Tesamoll Foamstik Tape which is distributed by AOPA member, L. Laufer & Co., New York City.

Ernest Baehr at Flint Limb and Brace Company reports that they have been using Tesamoll for several months. "Because of its convenience in using, we give some to each of our back brace wearers, telling them to use it as they think best in making themselves more comfortable. We find that they shift the Tesamoll pad from place to place until they discover the proper location for it, and it aids them in becoming accustomed to the necessary pressures and still the pad is thin enough so as not to distort the fit of the brace."

Later in his report on Tesamoll, Ernest Baehr writes: "We particularly like Tesamoll for padding of hand splints and for the wearers of cervical braces, who tolerate the pressures of the braces with far fewer complaints when they can alter pressure points themselves as the need arises."

Some of the other facilities which have purchased Tesamoll from L. Laufer & Co. are: Veterans Administration, Bay Pines, Fla.; Harveys of Columbus, Georgia; the Daniel Rehabilitation Institute of Florida; and Duke University.

Earle Daniel writes: "We have been using the new material, Tesamoll, but our experience is still too limited to formulate a decisive report. We used it recently in the designing of a helmet made of celastic for a small child of about two years of age who had fallen and suffered a serious concussion and skull fracture; a helmet that would not allow any pressure or contact with this injured area was required. The Tesamoll sure did a fine job: it did not crush or mat in any manner. It is cool and light. I feel it will fill a long-awaited need for insulating and cushioning a tender and injured area."

Also included in Mr. Daniel's report was the following statements: "We had one of the rare cases where an amputee complained of not being able to take weight in the ischial seat area of an AK socket, so we used some Tesamoll for cushioning and the trouble was overcome, to the extent that the amputee has not returned for further attention.

I feel that Tesamoll has good possibilities. Of course, experience shows that material and devices that work with one person may not be suitable for another. Many supplementary devices give relief, but I believe that it's better to have a properly fitted socket that will not give discomfort than a poorly fitted prosthesis that requires supplementary cushioning."

Heath Harvey of Columbus, Ga., writes about Tesamoll that "So far, we have used it for padding shoes, braces, corsets and artificial limbs and have been well satisfied with the results. It is our opinion that it could have many other uses than the ones mentioned above and we would certainly recommend it for those which we have experienced."

O&P Library > Orthotics and Prosthetics > 1959, Vol 13, Num 4 > pp. 46 - 46

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