Telescopic 'dressing sticks'

Telescopic 'dressing sticks' (prosthetic appliance) Telescopic 'dressing sticks' (prosthetic appliance)

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Two telescopic 'dressing sticks', designed for use by completely armless (amelic) people or those with very short arms (phocomelia), with an S-shaped tip which can be located in a trouser zip, held in the mouths of amelic people, or in the hands or people with short arms, also used to pull-up trousers and tuck-in shirt tails, originally made from a telescopic car aerial and stethoscope tubing, originally designed by Dr. Ian Fletcher in 1959, modifed by Steeper c. 1968.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-676
Materials:
metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall: 20 mm x 215 mm x 20 mm,
type:
prosthetic appliance
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust