The wearable device augments strength to help these patients stand and relearn to walk, while gaining confidence and freedom.
The hospital plans to use the device to mobilize patients earlier in their rehabilitation, for optimal outcomes.
Each year, as many as 500,000 individuals experience a spinal cord injury (SCI) and 15 million suffer a stroke.
This cutting-edge exoskeleton technology helps patient get back on their feet earlier to re-learn correct step patterns, weight shifting, and posture. Clinical evidence suggests that including EksoGT™ gait training in inpatient rehabilitation for stroke improves independence in functional mobility.
Most patients take an average of 400 steps their first-time training in the device.
It is the most clinically used exoskeleton and patients around the world have taken over 100 million steps and counting.
“The EksoGT™ offers many unique benefits to our patients who are relearning to walk after a stroke, as the device promotes early mobilization and can help improve gait speed and distance, which are critical factors for optimal recovery,” said Tom Bobroski, PT, Director of Therapy Service at St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital.
EksoGT™, manufactured by Ekso Bionics®, is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that helps patients with stroke and spinal cord injury stand and relearn to walk in a rehabilitation setting.
Guillermo J. Bernal, MD, Medical Director at St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital added, “We are excited to provide our patients with access to this leading exoskeleton technology and are proud to be at the forefront of a new standard of care for stroke survivors.”
PHOTO CAP: A patient demonstrates the EksoGT™ robotic exoskeleton