I am an occupational therapist who has worked in a spinal cord injury inpatient rehabilitation hospital setting since 2017.
Through my time working with people with decreased hand function, I have seen many struggle to eat their meals with independence and dignity, while also becoming frustrated with the poorly designed and ineffective adapted eating devices that are commercially available.
Wanting a better eating device option for my patients, I created the first prototype of the MagnaCuff with splinting material and a name badge bar magnet for a patient with a spinal cord injury who was struggling to pick up utensils to eat meals. Not only did the user of this first MagnaCuff prototype no longer struggle to pick up and hold onto and use utensils, they could place and remove the MagnaCuff on their hand independently, decreasing their need for caregiver support.
After seeing this success, I entered the prototype into the Innovation Lab competition for the 2019 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) conference in Nashville, TN and received 1st place for the low-tech category.
From there, with feedback solicited from people who product tested the MagnaCuff who had decreased hand function, I teamed up with a rehabilitation engineer named Raj Ball to design the MagnaCuff.
Raj Ball is a rehabilitation engineer who transformed the original MagnaCuff, which was made with splinting material, into an ergonomically designed 3D printable model. Raj designed the MagnaCuff so that it can be used on the left or right hand and comes in 3 sizes to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
The MagnaCuff was invented by Andrew Flint in while working as an occupational therapist at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. As a national center of excellence, Craig Hospital is a world-renowned non-profit hospital specializing in spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation and research. Craig Hospital's collaboration was influential to the creation of the MagnaCuff. Go to their website to learn more about the incredible work and research that Craig Hospital contributes to the spinal cord and brain injury communities nationally and globally. Craig Hospital has granted a limited intellectual property license agreement to the inventor of the MagnaCuff.