VA’s Veterans Health Administration continues to develop and improve its assistive technology program to help Veterans who require physical medicine and rehabilitation services.
Each patient’s health care needs are unique and sometimes off-the-shelf devices are not a true fit for them. In such cases, clinical rehabilitation engineers like Brian Burkhardt step up to lend an innovative hand.
“If things don’t exist to help a patient meet their goals, then we make them,” Burkhardt said. “I think that’s the fun part creating things that don’t exist.”
A 3D printer employed by McGuire VAMC allows engineering teams like Burkhardt’s to create one-of-a-kind devices tailored for each patient to improve their daily lives by helping them overcome functional challenges.
In the video above, he describes the process their clinic went through to turn a dream into reality. As a result, a disabled Veteran is now able to check his own glucose levels without his wife’s assistance.
The 3D printer is an example of how VA’s assistive technology program is providing Veterans with the unique care, choices and options that may better meet their individual needs.
Anderson. J Grant is a visual information specialist at McGuire VA Medical Center. He is also a public affairs specialist in the Army Reserves, with 17 combined years of active duty and reserve time in the U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Army National Guard.