British Modular Lower Limbs System
digital file Colour Sound 1974 14:35
Summary: New and continuing development in the design of artificial limbs has resulted in a limb with everything except the socket coming 'off the peg'. The benefit to the wearer is a speedier fitting service and quicker replacement of worn parts. The latest system will soon be available throughout the UK's 80 limb-fitting centres. This film shows 12 people who have all been fitted with modular limbs and explains how the legs were constructed and tested at the Roehampton Limb Fitting Centre. 3 segments.
Title number: 18253
Description: Segment 1 Various people who have had their legs amputated are seen performing activities such as ice skating, horseriding and walking. The narrator says that there are over 60,000 lower limb amputees in Britain and that modular construction prosthetic legs help them move about confidently and easily. A girl wearing a short skirt walks across a lawn her leg was amputated above her right knee. She has the confidence to wear a short skirt. She is seen walking without her long socks on to show the leg in action. 12 people who all wear modular legs are seen they all walk across a stepped bridge to demonstrate how their legs work. The narrator discusses the benefits of this style of prosthesis they are easily assembled and components are held at local centres. The stages of fitting a leg are seen a man has his stump measured. Different styles of sockets are seen and the narrator explains the pros and cons of each. The different components of a leg are seen and fitted together this is seen in stop motion animation. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:04:51:10 Length: 00:04:51:10 Segment 2 The new leg is tested on the wearer. A demonstration of a badly aligned leg is seen. It is adjusted. The leg is then made to look natural a man carves the thigh from foam and then adds a plastic skin finish. The completed leg is checked on the patient. The range of knee mechanisms are demonstrated a man stands on only his prosthetic leg, which is bent. It can still carry his weight. The narrator explains further tests and research that take place at development centres. Time start: 00:04:51:10 Time end: 00:09:27:00 Length: 00:04:35:15 Segment 3 A man walks along and readings are taken by computer. These numbers are analysed to work out standards of strength. Other tests such as vibration tests are seen to examine how much stress the prosthetic leg can take. These clinical trials were carried out for three years before this style of leg became available to NHS patients. The 12 people seen at the beginning of the film are seen in their daily lives working and enjoying hobbies such as riding mopeds, boating and horse riding. Time start: 00:09:27:00 Time end: 00:14:35:00 Length: 00:05:08:00
Credits: Produced by Central Office of Information for Department of Health and Social Security. Filmed by Keith Taylor, edited by Michael Crye, dubbing by Alan Abel and written and directed by Rock Humphreys.
Further information: This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive
Keywords: Artificial Limbs; Amputees
Locations: United Kingdom