The Long-Stay Chronic Patient Care Hospital (HACLE) in San Vicente del Raspeig is using pioneering technology to rehabilitate patients with brain damage. These are two remote-controlled functional electrostimulation devices that use electric current to activate paralyzed or weakened nerves and muscles to generate movement in both the lower and upper limbs. Every year between 75 and 80 people will be able to benefit from this technology.
The system, pioneered in the Valencian Community, is only used in three other hospitals in Spain: the National Hospital for Paraplegics in Toledo, the University Hospital of Navarra and the Gutman Hospital in Barcelona.
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. There are specialists in 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. New devices allow, among other things, to strengthen muscles or prevent atrophy, improve functional patterns of movement, and re-establish connections in the cerebral cortex.
Director of the San Vicente del Raspigue Hospital, says, “This technique is complementary to other conventional therapies used in the treatment of brain damage and we hope that it will help in the functional recovery of our patients to reduce the duration of hospital rehabilitation.” contribute to the acceleration. , , Mª Ángeles Rueda.
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.”