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PowerGrip Robotic Glove - Assisted Grasp Orthosis

$5,500.00 USD

This Electric Powered Prehension Orthosis (EPPO) Wrist-Hand Orthosis, commonly referred to as a wrist splint can be utilized by those who lack hand grasp and sufficient tenodesis-enabling wrist extension strength. The PowerGrip is indispensable for providing the ability to pickup, grasp, hold, and manipulate objects. If you are a therapist, this is referred to as a Powered Wrist-Hand Orthosis. Must be fit and mounted by...

This Electric Powered Prehension Orthosis (EPPO) Wrist-Hand Orthosis, commonly referred to as a wrist splint can be utilized by those who lack hand grasp and sufficient tenodesis-enabling wrist extension strength. The PowerGrip is indispensable for providing the ability to pickup, grasp, hold, and manipulate objects. If you are a therapist, this is referred to as a Powered Wrist-Hand Orthosis.

Must be fit and mounted by a licensed orthotist. Available complete and ready to use from Broadened Horizons directly, or partner's Jaeco Orthopedics or Becker Oregon.

Provides a Palmer and/or Key Pinch style grasp

This Electric Powered Prehension Orthosis (EPPO) Wrist-Hand Orthosis, commonly referred to as a wrist splint can be utilized by those who lack hand grasp and sufficient tenodesis-enabling wrist extension strength. The PowerGrip is indispensable for providing the ability to pickup, grasp, hold, and manipulate objects.

Must be fit and mounted by a licensed orthotist. Available complete and ready to use from Broadened Horizons directly, or partner's Jaeco Orthopedics or Becker Oregon.

Functional Independence: Just the right amount of pressure and speed to provide good function without damaging fingers that lack sensation*. Infinite finger positioning with no detents, such as with a ratchet splint, so objects grasped do not slip out of hand.

Ease of Use: To grip an object, intuitively hold button to close fingers until actuator stops running.

Versatile Control: Accepts any two standard adaptive switches, even an EMG muscle sensing

Convenient to Wear: Lightweight power actuator mounts directly to splint for an ease to don/doff. Only one wire easily routed through users shirt sleeve.

Durable: Resulting from 3 years of real-world use by the developer!

Easily Maintained: Primary components subject to wear or damage (wire & plugs) can be quickly and inexpensively replaced within a few minutes for only a few dollars from most electronics retailers!

Cognitive Muscle Control: New Myoelectric Switch Control now available! Myoelectric sensors placed on one or two functional muscles replace switch control. Upgradable with future Myoelectric controls based on prosthetic hand technology currently under development. Many more subtle detail improvements address reliability and maintainability as well as control and usability concerns of similar products (no longer available) from other suppliers of the past.

Who would the PowerGrip benefit?

  • Anyone unable to pickup or grasp objects and more specifically with wrist extension strength of 0-3 (on 0-5 muscle grading scale) and little or no finger flexion. Typical pathologies include:
  • C-4, C-5, and some C-6 level Quadriplegics (spinal cord injury)
  • Polio, stroke, ALS, brachial plexus injuries, muscle disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and others
  • For those also lacking sufficient shoulder or bicep strength to touch their hand to their chin, the new WREX Wilmington Robotic Exoskeletonis a perfect complement to the PowerGrip Assisted Grasp Orthosis

What can the PowerGrip help you do?

  • Eating with normal utensils and drinking from a can, bottle, or glass
  • Enjoying a sandwich or apple without having to cut it up and other finger or snack foods, even chips with dip!
  • Shaving, brushing teeth, combing hair, or even putting on makeup
  • Opening doors, drawers, window blinds, etc.
  • Shredding secure, private documents
  • Writing, drawing, painting, engraving, soldering, wood burning, etc.
  • Picking up anything from a book to a business card
  • Putting on and adjusting a baseball cap, eyeglasses, or sunglasses - even makes scratching an inch more effective
  • Pressing buttons on anything such as a telephone, remote control, security keypad for door opener, or even hand controls.

Features

  • Full Insurance Coverage: Existing Medicare/Medicaid insurance code simplifies acquisition and reimbursement process with most insurers!
  • Functional Independence - Just the right amount of pressure and speed to provide good function without damaging fingers that lack sensation*. Infinite finger positioning with no detents, such as with a ratchet splint, so objects grasped do not slip out of hand.
  • Ease of Use: To grip an object, intuitively hold button to close fingers until actuator stops running.
  • Versatile Control: Accepts any two standard adaptive switches, even an EMG muscle sensing
  • Convenient to Wear: Lightweight power actuator mounts directly to splint for an ease to don/doff. Only one wire easily routed through users shirt sleeve.
  • Durable: Resulting from 3 years of real-world use by the developer!
  • Easily Maintained: Primary components subject to wear or damage (wire & plugs) can be quickly and inexpensively replaced within a few minutes for only a few dollars from most electronics retailers!
  • Other replacement parts can be found on our website.
  • Cognitive Muscle Control: New Myoelectric Switch Control now available! Myoelectric sensors placed on one or two functional muscles replace switch control. Upgradable with future Myoelectric controls based on prosthetic hand technology currently under development.
  • I any more subtle detail improvements address reliability and maintainability as well as control and usability concerns of similar products (no longer available) from other suppliers of the past.

How to Obtain

L3904- WHFO, External Powered, Electorate, Custom-Fabricated.Providers: the Medicare/Medicaid DMEPOS Fee Schedule details available reimbursement by state.
1. Physician or Occupational Therapist identifies appropriate clients whom PowerGrip will benefit, writing prescription and/or letter of medical necessity if necessary. Therapist helps client choose most appropriate adaptive switches for open/close control (see options).
2. Orthotist (find an orthotist near you) orders kit from Broadened Horizons. Orthotic is fabricated to supplied client measurements or mold. Orthotist performs final fitting of splint to client, and bills insurance. (In areas where a local orthotist may not be available, therapists have successfully performed final fitting and insurance billing.)
3. Occupational Therapist often sees client for training, mounting/positioning switches on wheelchair if not performed by orthotist, adapting eating utensils if necessary, other ADL goals, etc.

 

Requires fitting of splint by a Orthotist
(or in some cases an experienced therapist)
 
Kit can be mounted to most available ratchet or tenodesis based wrist-hand orthosis systems by an experienced Orthotist. Different orthotist's often have preferences for one system or another using either aluminum or plastics. If you, your therapist, or your orthotist have any questions or concerns, or to place an order, please Contact Us to discuss your specific needs.
 
Includes
  • Becker or Jaeco hand splint custom fabricated to users hand measurements or mold.
  • PowerGrip Orthotic Controller
  • (Dual actuator control available supporting PowerGrip on each hand)
  • Assisted Grasp Power Actuator
  • Roughneck Open/Close Pushbutton Switches with auditory feedback, Sip & Puff, Or Dual Foot Switches (EMG Muscle Switch Upgrade Available)
  • Compact, High-Capacity 12V Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack & AC charger. Optionally upgrade to Power-to-Go PowerGrip Wheelchair Charging Socket Power Converter to conveniently operate from wheelchair batteries.
  • Control Wires, Actuator Jack, Mounting Hardware
  • User Manual and Suggested Mounting Manual
  • Support for Orthotist and Therapists
 
Message from Mark Felling, President to prospective users
I use this solution all day long, every day since 2004, to the point I feel paralyzed once again without it. Some users plan to only wear it for eating or certain activities such as arts & crafts, sometimes because of concerns about cosmetics. The first few days it may look peculiar on your hand, but the positive reactions and fascination by others as you do things you've never done before will far outweigh any of your previous reservations! You will begin noticing significant strength and endurance improvements simply through functional use of your arm often within one week! Months and even years later, I continue to discover things (usually driven by necessity when help is not available) that I'm able to do which I never thought try, or better ways to do them. Even simple tasks like pressing buttons becomes much easier. Your occupational therapist can assist greatly in these discoveries!
 
Orthotist Resources
Insurance Billing L-Code: L3904
 

Testimonial from our latest customer, Jesse above!

 

Hey Steve, This is Jesse, the person that was hounding you about the Power Grip all the time! LOL!

I just wanted to thank you so much for the unbelievably thoughtful gifts that you sent me . Thanks for all the everyday utensils I can now use! This Grip and the tools work amazing. I have it set up just like I envisioned! By the end of the first day I was comfortable wearing, and functioning with the grip. Moving my arm around was no problem at all. I just need a little practice hitting the buttons that are set up perfect for me. Eating something as tricky as soup is already second nature. Now with the added rubber grippers, my life is even easier! I can grab items on my own with no problem.

I think the new knife will definitely come in handy and the scissors will take a little practice. Me and my step brother have seen the adjustments on the back of the motor that opens up the fingers a little bit but as you bring the fingers back reduces the closings on them so they won't touch the thumb. We well have that adjusted by our Ortho.

For years, even before I knew about the Power Grip, I thought if I had something robotic like this I'll be able to do so much more on my own. None of my therapist or any vendor locally has ever seen or heard of anything like this. So far everybody I have shown this to is absolutely Dumbfoundead, and think it is genius! Even my Ortho that measured my custom fit loves it! I am unbelievably happy with my Inclusive Technologies Power Grip!

I really can't thank you all enough for all you do! Please tell Mark many thanks for being a genius and I thank you Steve for being the nicest, most patient sales person I've ever met and had the pleasure of dealing with! I mean this seriously. Absolutely Great!

Jesse Chilbrith, Sauquoit, NY

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