St. Vincent. Hospital for the Care of Chronic and Long-Term Patients (HACLE) of San Vicente del Raspigue According to sources at Generalitat, the pioneer is using the technology — some electrostimulation splints — to rehabilitate patients with brain damage, which could benefit 75 to 80 people each year.
These are two remote-controlled functional electrostimulation devices that use electrical current to activate paralyzed or weakened nerves and muscles to generate movement in both the lower and upper limbs.
The system, pioneered in the Valencian Community, is used in only three other hospitals in Spain: the Toledo National Paraplegic Hospital, Navarra University Hospital and Barcelona Gutman Hospital.
To introduce it into the rehabilitation procedures of the San Vicente del Raspigue Hospital, three occupational therapists, ten physiotherapists and two supervisors have received training, which are part of the multidisciplinary teams that take care of this type of patient and which include specialists from neurology. are experts. , Internal Medicine, Neuropsychology, Speech Therapy and Social Work, as well as nursing assistant technical staff and orderlies.
In essence, the device stimulates muscles, either in the forearm or leg, with electrical currents to generate movement in the hand or fingers, or to provide the necessary flexion and extension to be able to walk. The devices are composed of a textile bracelet, an electrode and an electrostimulator, which are controlled remotely via software, from a mobile phone or tablet.
Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they allow various movements to be combined with each other and are located comfortably and quickly. The new device allows, among other things, to strengthen muscles or prevent atrophy, improve functional patterns of movement, and reestablish connections in the cerebral cortex.
Director of San Vicente del Raspeig Hospital, Ms. Angeles Rueda, have explained that this technique is “complementary to other classical therapies used in the treatment of brain damage and we anticipate that it will be able to accelerate the functional recovery of our patients to reduce the duration of hospital rehabilitation.” will contribute.” In this way, Rueda says, “the person will be able to resume their life sooner and with the highest possible quality and, from that moment on, they will continue with outpatient home rehabilitation.”