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GREETINGS AMP NATION! Message from the Host Sean Harrison You Never Know Who Is Watching This past week my wife and I were in Las Vegas, NV. She was at her convention for Paparazzi and I was on



my vacation, There were over 26,000 people here for this convention alone not too mention the thousands of others people who came here for whatever




Some of you have heard me speak about being positive


or having a positive vibe as person with limb-loss or difference. Before I ventured out with my wife to stand in long


lines, walk between three hotels and meet complete strangers, I had a little talk with my self about being positive. (continued on page 5)




As most of you should know this but I find some of

Here's our rundown of five reasons why that's

the new amputees don't know the FDA noted,

the case:

antibacterial products are no more effective than

1. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than

soap and water, and could be dangerous.

conventional soap and water. As mentioned in the announcement, 42 years of FDA research—

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD STOP USING ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP by Sean Harrison About 75 percent of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30 percent of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active ingredient. The drug, which was originally used strictly in hospital settings, was adopted by manufacturers of soaps and other home products during the 1990s, eventually ballooning into an industry that's worth an estimated $1 billion. Apart from soap, we've begun putting the chemical in wipes, hand gels, cutting boards, mattress pads and all sorts of home items as we try our best to eradicate any trace of bacteria from our environment.

along with countless independent studies—have produced no evidence that triclosan provides any health benefits as compared to oldfashioned soap. 2. Antibacterial soaps have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The reason that the FDA is making manufacturers prove these products' efficacy is because of a range of possible health risks associated with triclosan, and bacterial resistance is first on the list. 3. The soaps could act as endocrine disruptors. A number of studies have found that, in rats, frogs and other animals, triclosan appears to interfere with the body's regulation of thyroid hormone, perhaps because it chemically resembles the hormone closely enough that it can bind to its receptor sites. If this is the case in humans, too, there are worries that it could lead to problems such as infertility, artificiallyadvanced early puberty, obesity and cancer.



4. The soaps might lead to other health problems, too. There's evidence that children with prolonged exposure to triclosan have a higher chance of developing allergies, including peanut allergies and hay fever. Scientists speculate that this could be a result of reduced exposure to bacteria, which could be necessary for proper immune system functioning and development. 5. Antibacterial soaps are bad for the environment. When we use a lot of triclosan in soap, that means a lot of triclosan gets flushed down the drain. Research has shown that small quantities of the chemical can persist after treatment at sewage plants, and as a result, USGS surveys have frequently detected it in streams and other bodies of water. Once in the environment, triclosan can disrupt algae's ability to perform photosynthesis.

So how should I clean my residual limb and amputee supplies? (Image: scholes1/iStock/Getty Images) Sutures are used to keep surgical or trauma wound edges together while the skin heals from the inside out. They allow for decreased infection rates and increased healing.

YOUR SUTURE SCAR LINE by Sean Harrison Sutures are made of absorbable or nonabsorbable materials; for the purpose of this article only sutures made of non-absorbable materials are mentioned. Do not remove surgical wound dressings until advised to do so by a physician or health care provider. How to Tell If a Suture Scar Is Healing Well Step 1 Wash hands thoroughly before and after touching the wound to prevent infection. Wet hands with warm water and lather for at least 20 seconds. Rinse, then dry on a disposable towel. Tip Itching is a normal finding along a well-healing

If you decided to join likes of Kaiser Permanente and Johnson & Johnson and stop using antibacterial soaps as well, you have options. One option is a nonantibiotic hand sanitizer that kills both bacterial and viruses with alcohol.  Prosthetic Cleaners are also a  great because they are soap and antibacterial free, not to mention pH balanced.  Prosthetic cleansers are typically safe for sensitive skin and formulated for cleaning those expensive prosthetic liners and sleeves. Step 2 Remove old bandages once advised to do so by the physician; dispose of them immediately. Cleanse the affected area using warm water and an antibacterial soap on a disposable cloth. Rinse with fresh water and a clean cloth. Repeat this step as necessary until all dried blood and secretions are removed, but be careful not to rub too vigorously. If the surgical dressings are no longer present, proceed to Step 3. Step 3 Look at the scar and give special attention to the edges, or where the skin healed together from the wound. A suture scar that is healing well should not have any drainage, open areas, redness or blisters. The holes on either side of the wound edge represent the suture marks and should be healing, devoid of redness, drainage or swelling.

suture line.



Step 4 Touch the area surrounding the wound gently. Warmth, pain and swelling are abnormal findings and do not indicate a well healing suture scar. Bruising may be normal, although bruising with raised, palpable borders is an abnormal finding. Step 5 Probe along the borders of the suture line gently, using a clean cotton swab. If the borders are approximated, or touching in all areas, this is a sign of a healing suture scar. Gaps or open areas are abnormal findings and must be reported to the physician. Eventually this line will become the actual scar and should fade to a pink, white or tan line dependent upon skin color. Things You'll Need Clean water Antibacterial soap Paper towel

INCISION AND SUTURE LINE CARE Incisions and suture lines are a necessary part of surgery. These lines take many months to fully heal. Part of the healing process requires proper cleansing and care. In addition, there are treatments that can help resulting scars to be flatter, finer and less noticeable. There is no guarantee to what a scar will look like once it has

Cotton swab

Following surgery In the days immediately following surgery you will be given instructions on showering, bathing and applying anti-biotic ointment to your incision and suture lines. Do not swim in any lake, ocean, swimming pool or other water until 5 days after your incision lines have fully sealed

fully healed.

and any sutures are removed.

Do not smoke

Initial healing

You have been advised to quit smoking before surgery for your safety. Do not begin smoking after surgery. This can reduce the oxygen in your blood and greatly impact your ability to heal. While it is advised for your overall health that you quit smoking entirely, it is imperative that you do not smoke whatsoever until your incisions have

Once your incision lines have sealed, you may wish to apply a skin moisturizer to the suture line. This aids in softening the scar and may alleviate any itching in the surgically treated area. Choose something fragrance-free and free of glycolic, retinoid or other possibly irritating ingredients. Vitamin E oil and petroleum jelly

fully healed.

are acceptable alternatives. Avoid any vigorous

This is something I tell patients all the time and

weeks, or as advised by your doctor. Direct

something I see all the time, diabetic or vascular amputees smoking right after their amputation.

physical activity over the following two-three trauma and physical stress may result in a separation of the suture edges or a wider scar.





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ADVOCACY NOTES Knowing your rights empowers you As a patient, you have certain rights. Some are guaranteed by federal law, such as the right to

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to keep them private. Many states have additional

laws protecting patients, and health care facilities often have a patient bill of rights. Improper You have your first visit with your surgeon after your amputation. Every amputee is a little nervous about this appointment. We really don't know what to expect from this visit, we all want good news, to know what's the next step and how until you can get back normal. Here is a real-life scenario; patient arrives for the first appointment after their amputation at the doctor's office. The doctor come in and has someone with them, he says here is who will be helping you with your prosthesis. Seems normal, right? Your doctor brought you in someone to take care of your prosthetic care. Were you "patient's rights" violated here? Yes or No? Well, if you answered "Yes". Your right. What the laws says: "An important patient right is informed consent. This means that if you need a treatment, your health care provider must give you the information you need to make a decision." Having a provider at your first appointment

You Never Know Who Is Watching (continued) As an amputee the able body world is always watching you. Yes, I know this is not what you want to hear but it's true. Being an ambassador is what I tell every amputee. You represent the amputee community every time you step outside. You control how people interact with you or not interact with you. I had several interactions with people from the convention whom came up to me an ask if was okay to talk to me about prosthesis, one was asking for herself as she was going to have BKA, the other was asking for her husband who was having some issues, and the other was asking for her son who was a new amputee. Out of these three I had a connection with 2 both were Hanger patients and one was on my wife's team. You never know how your connected or who's watching you. Be positive my friends. Though it is so simple, most people don't know how to be positive. Sometimes, they prefer to stay negative, because it is a more familiar state of mind, especially when negativity turns into a habit. Break the habit. Learn how to by listening to Amp Life Talk The Podcast.

without speaking to you about this and asking if




Thanks! Michael Gomez for a being a listner of the show.

ADVOCACY NOTES (CONTINUED) it's okay to do so, and release your patient information (HIPPA VIOLATION) to the provider prior to such an appointment is not respecting your "patient's rights". In fact, this is borderline Anti-Kickback Statute - This federal regulation prohibits the offering, solicitation or acceptance of any type of gift or remuneration in exchange for rewarding referrals for federal healthcare

program business. Kaiser has a network of providers that their patients can choose from for various services, when any doctor by-passes this system which is suppose to be fair and invites only one provider in to see patients for prosthetic services we have a problem. The government contends that violating the Anti-Kickback Statute exploits the healthcare system, drives up program costs and hinders fair competition in the industry. Kickbacks may also compromise the medical decision-making processes of physicians and hospitals in the form of patient steering. As is stands today, the consequences for violating the Anti-Kickback Statute today are steep. Criminal penalties can include fines up to $25,000 and a five-year prison term per kickback while civil penalties can cost as much as $50,000 per kickback in addition to three times the amount of damages sustained by the government. Violators can also be excluded from federal healthcare programs.




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