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POPS

POPS

Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) are teams of certified prosthetists, orthotists and specially trained technicians who manufacture and fit custom-designed braces and artificial limbs.
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Joanne Kanas:
POPS or Pediatric Orthotics & Prosthetic Services is a separate LLC that is solely owned and controlled by Shriners Children's. The most important thing is that each Shriners Hospitals for Children POPS provides the same care. So we are providing the same services at all of our hospitals through the POPS LLC.

Joanne Kanas:
Prior to the implementation of this program, each Shriners hospital had their own orthotics and prosthetics program, so that made it very difficult from a compliance perspective. Where the change really comes in, instead of having that device made locally, we have divided the fabrication into two major areas, the East and the West. One is in Tampa and the other at Shriners Children's Portland. 

Dino Scanio:
So my job is to oversee the fabrication process for Shriners Children. Here at CFAB East, we fabricate for the majority of the system. I oversee the digital technology, the CAD technology that we utilize to capture images of the children's extremities, the quality assurance check process for devices that come in and out of the facility, and making sure that all of our locations across the country are serviced in a timely manner so that we can meet the objectives of the clinical plans across the system.

Dino Scanio:
Prior to our advancement in technology, we used to take the old school model of plaster. Now with our CAD technology, we are able to take that cast and digitize it and as a practitioner I can modify that patient's scan to the millimeter and send that electronically from California, Portland here to our facility in Tampa. What used to take a couple of hours to do we can have modified and into production within 20 minutes.

Joanne Kanas:
It's great that POPS really has the ability to provide whatever orthotic or prosthetic need that any patient has throughout our system. Really anything that is currently state of the art and available, the POPS department through Shriners Children's provides. 

Dino Scanio:
Everything that we do at Shriners is custom. These days with all of the componentry, we make legs for sprinting, for swimming. We have made multiple arms for weight lifting, violin, trumpets. We have all the tools to be able to build a device to accommodate any of the special requests.

Joanne Kanas:
The lab back there truly is state of the art. When we designed this lab, we took in account safety, function, and workflow, and really made sure that this facility is probably the nicest throughout the country.

Dino Scanio:
We have the ability to literally receive a job digitally and turn it around in under 24 hours. It's something that I'm proud that Shriners Children has always been on the forefront of making sure that we have the latest and greatest in technology in the OMP industry.