[optimal] Re: Armrest for fundus camera

  • From: Jef Jodell <mpscra@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 19:00:45 -0700 (PDT)

I didn't have any trouble with the height of the Topcon armrests from the 
table, even with fairly small/shorter/younger people, if I had one of those 
chairs you could pump people's height up on after they were seated. If your 
chair was already too low, not appropriate for the patient then the extra 
height of them over a piece of foam could be an issue.

I had an issue with the foam getting/looking dirty. Of course you can cover it 
each time, but if you do a lot of FAs in a day, that time adds up, plus it's a 
waste of materials, and generates trash.

I found the Topcon units are a good design, and reasonably priced, but the 
threadsare too small. I had the good fortune of knowing a tool maker who used 
to re-thread them for me with roughly twice as big a thread. You could stand on 
it and not have problem, after that modification. Maybe someone from Topcon 
will read this and take it seriously. The larger thread on them makes them the 
best all around, and like an AllCald cookware, will then last a lifetime. 

Still, you should not have to get a buddy after hours to recut your metal 
swivel joint to have reliability at work.

From: Thomas C. Monego <Thomas.C.Monego@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 3, 2011 4:44 PM
Subject: [optimal] Re: Armrest for fundus camera

I have used canoe carrier foam blocks, cut at an angle. As all the Topcon arm 
rests I ever used stripped at the swivel point. I also felt the attached arm 
rests were too high for a lot of patients, the foam blocks work well, patients 
think they are comfortable. 
From:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Steve Lusk
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 3:55 PM
To: optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [optimal] Re: Armrest for fundus camera
We have completely gone away from using clamp on armrests in favor of using 
foam wedges. We get the foam from a likely source, it is the foam blocks that 
ships in the lucentis boxes. We use an electric carving knife and cut one block 
into a wedge shape that will sit securely on the table and allows you to place 
the patients arm in many more comfortable positions that the bolt on type. 
Hope this helps.
Steve Lusk, CRA
Vistar Eye Center Retina Consultants
5296 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
Phone: (540) 342-3400 ext. 4731
Fax: (540) 362-1155

From:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of CPMC Ophthalmic Diagnostic Center
Sent: Thu 11/3/2011 11:54 AM
To: optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [optimal] Re: Armrest for fundus camera
Oak Tree and Die.  Just sent you a business card. About 250.00 for arm rest 
with attached light.  Can clamp to a table.  I have mine permanently mounted, 
one on each side.
Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS
Ophthalmic Diagnostic Center
CPMC Department of Ophthalmology
2100 Webster Street Suite 212
San Francisco CA 94115
(415) 600-3937   FAX (415) 600-6563
From:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Kirsten Locke
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 6:26 AM
To: optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [optimal] Armrest for fundus camera
It has been awhile since I saw any messages regarding armrests that can be 
attached to the table of the fundus camera for FA.
I tried to look through the archives but could not find anything. I’m in the 
need to purchase an armrest for my Canon camera. The camera table is only just 
large enough to hold the camera so there is no place for an arm to be propped 
up with a foam pillow or the like. I will need something that can clamp on to 
the table. Preferable something that can detach quickly and moved to the other 
Anyone out there that can recommend a supplier?
Kirsten Locke, CRA., RN., FOPS.
Senior Research Associate
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
9900 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75231
Voice: 214-363-3911 x114 or 214-739-1469
Fax: 214-363-4538
Email: kglocke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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