Eliminate Patient Falls and Therapist Injuries with FreeStep SAS...Biodex

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The innovative Biodex FreeStep SAS creates a supported ambulation environment without adding floor space or needing additional therapists to work with patients. Newest technology supports weak or balance deficient patients during rehabilitation.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. recently introduced its FreeStep Supported Ambulation System (SAS) to provide patients with ambulation support during rehab activities. FreeStep SAS is suitable for any facility working with Stroke, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home residents or other patients suffering from balance and gait disabilities. Because there is a growing need to treat neurologically impaired patients, FreeStep SAS supports those experiencing weakness or balance deficiencies, without using additional floor space or requiring additional staff.

New research has yielded greater understanding of neurological disorders, and has developed superior new methods of, and equipment for, rehabilitating a broad range of patients. In response and support of this research, Biodex has assembled a line of rehabilitation systems designed to help therapists capitalize on those advances.

The FreeStep SAS provides a safe ambulation environment that removes the patient’s fear of falling and allows them to focus more fully on the tasks of gait and balance. Likewise, therapists can focus on assisting, rather than supporting. Over ground walking is fundamental to gait rehab and activities of daily living—but can be risky for patients and therapists. FreeStep SAS reduces the risk of falling and allows therapists to treat high-risk patients, one-on-one, without adding a second therapist to assist.

The fastest-growing segments of physical therapy are the treatment of patients suffering from neurological disorders. Patients requiring neurological rehabilitation need options to minimize their disabilities. Increasingly, rehabilitation can reduce long-term costs of neurologic patient care. Patients are now benefiting from a combination of conventional forms of physical therapy when high-tech therapies to improve function are incorporated.

The common factor of virtually all neurological disorders is that they impact patient gait and balance—increasing the risk of falls. Studies indicate that between 20 and 40 percent of patients experience falls within the first six months after discharge, therefore therapy must focus on both mobility and balance. The FreeStep SAS minimizes the fear of falling that inhibits patient effort and guards patients against further injury. Reducing patient falls also mitigates liability risks for the facility. Benefit to therapists is reduced lower back strain because the system allows them to assist their patients, while support to the patient is provided by the system. With FreeStep, even high risk patients can be supervised by a single therapist.

For more information, contact Biodex directly at: 1 800-224-6339 (Int’l 631-924-9000), Email: info(at)biodex(dot)com, or http://www.Biodex.com/freestep

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