19 February 2012
Tasmanian medical specialists have designed a table aimed at helping stroke survivors regain the use of paralysed arms.
Staff from the Launceston General Hospital and volunteers from Technical Aids for Disabled Tasmania developed the mobile table so patients could start arm therapy at the first opportunity.
The hospital’s physiotherapy supervisor John Cannell said it had taken five years to perfect the design.
“There are designs similar to it but the ones that are commercially available are a lot larger and they don’t adapt to some of the situations we’re trying to get to,” Mr Cannell said.
Mr Cannell said if rehabilitation was delayed there was a risk the stroke victim would never regain full use of their arm.
The design will now be shared with hospitals around the country.