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Denver, CO — This April for Limb Loss Awareness Month, the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) has organized the nation’s largest prosthetic component recycling drive to help meet the needs of hundreds of amputees in need of prosthetic care this year. This is part of ROMP’s Components for a Cause (C4C) Program, which collects new and gently used prosthetic components and sends them to ROMP’s clinics in Guatemala and Ecuador to provide high-quality prosthetic care. ROMP aims to collect 5,000 pounds of components through the drive this spring to help 500 people get prosthetic care over the next year.
Turning prosthetic waste into mobility
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are nearly 40 million people globally who are in need of a prosthetic device. Of this demographic, 90 percent do not have access to prosthetic care. A root cause of this issue is the inequitable distribution of components worldwide.
Many Latin American countries, including Ecuador and Guatemala, have limited orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) infrastructure and public health systems. Because of this, they rely on higher resource countries in North America and Europe to acknowledge this gap and take action to solve this global problem. ROMP is working to improve the availability of prosthetic components and thus prosthetic care in access-limited settings. Through over 100 partnerships with U.S. clinics and components manufacturers, ROMP collects used and new prosthetic components (knees, feet, liners, pylons, adapters, etc.) and brings them to patients in need. ROMP breaks down full limbs for parts, which are then cleaned and tested at its Denver warehouse before sending them to the field. ROMP only re-uses parts that have plenty of life left in them.
Components for a Cause is the largest prosthetic component recycling program in the world. C4C is based in ROMP’s Denver office and warehouse dedicated to the cause. Through its network, ROMP has been able to turn prosthetic waste into mobility for thousands of people over the last 15 years.
QR code technology connects donors to patients
ROMP’s latest innovation is a QR code tracking system alongside the C4C program. ROMP puts a QR code sticker on each liner, knee, and foot and records the donor’s information on the code. The QR code is then scanned when the part is used at one of ROMP’s clinics and the donor is notified within 24 hours that their donation has been fit on a ROMP patient.
“To improve the availability of prosthetic components in access-limited settings, we must better-utilize components that already exist and are otherwise wasted. Components for a Cause is the perfect way for patients and practitioners alike to be part of this change,” shared Jonathan Naber, ROMP’s Chief Program Officer. “The process is simple, the decision is simpler: recycle for mobility.”
If you are an individual or clinic that has inventory to donate to the C4C program, please visit https://www.rompglobal.org/collection-drive/ to donate and even request a shipping label.
The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is a non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services. Through quality clinical care, local investments, and advocacy, ROMP refurbishes donated components and purchases new components to get patients what they need. ROMP aims to return patients to their families and communities as productive, healthy individuals after receiving prosthetic care. Through ROMP’s annual Climbing for ROMP event, supporters worldwide have climbed more than 500 mountains to benefit amputee patients in the effort to bring mobility to all.
Kendra Walker, PR Coordinator