Simplicity: The Miami Hand

ANTHONY BALLARD, MD, OSCAR ORTIZ, CP,HELGA ROBINETTE, OTR, AND WAYNE ROSEN, CO, CPED


We saw a need for a hand that would be cosmetically pleasing, reasonably functional, and very light weight. The hand would fit in the spectrum between a cosmetic hand and a myoelectric one. The Miami Hand is a passively opening, three-point prehension device. Prehension is maintained by rubber bands from a prosthetic hook. We have maximized appearance and maintained limited function. The prosthesis is finished with a Steeper cosmetic glove. Suspension is supracondylar.

Four patients are using the Miami Hand. None of the prostheses has failed mechanically. Minor adjustments have been made to improve socket fit. Occupational therapists monitor the progress of the children.

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Prosthetic Clinic, 1611 North West 12th Avenue, Room 129, Miami, FL 33136