robot pablo supporting patients at Hornsby
Taryn using Pablo with a patient
New technology is changing the way rehabilitation patients at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital’s are recovering from illnesses such as stroke.
“Pablo allows for a wide variety of therapy; it allows people to complete the 1000 repetitions, as research has shown to improve outcomes, without feeling as though they are completing therapy,” Taryn said. “It records the data through the computer and shows the progress of the patient.”
Pablo is a computer-based robotic device that allows patients to perform strength training and repetitive movements that aid in their recovery to perform daily activities. Up to three patients at a time are able to use the Pablo program using the different devices, which have the potential to reduce the amount of time to recover. Occupational Therapist Taryn Fox said using Pablo was exciting for both staff and patients who no longer needed to use older rehabilitation devices that were less intuitive.
Pablo is an interactive device for therapies for hand, arm, shoulder and trunk. It measures various gripping patterns, strength and range of movements. Thanks to the support from the community, through the North Foundation’s Christmas Appeal, the Pablo is now being used by rehabiliation and paediatric patients at Hornsby.
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