Ohio State Medical Center Installs Innovative New York Technology

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Source: Gorbel Medical

OSU Installs Innovative New York Technology!

Gorbel Medical announced June 18 the recent installation of SafeGait, its groundbreaking physical therapy device, in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility at Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza in Columbus, OH.

"We are delighted to partner with such a renowned and prestigious medical institution that is also one of nine centers nationwide of the distinguished NeuroRecovery Network," said Brian Reh, president and CEO of Gorbel Inc. "OSU is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and ranks high in its field of rehabilitation as reported in U.S. News & World Report's 'America's Best Hospitals.'"

Gorbel Medical also announced that The Ohio State University and three New York rehabilitation facilities -- the University of Rochester Medical Center, Monroe Community Hospital and Nazareth College -- will undertake research using a standardized approach that studies the impact of using SafeGait in therapy with patients who have neurological and neurodegenerative diagnoses.

These institutions will begin by looking at people with stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. Researchers will also investigate the possibility of reducing the financial burden on the healthcare system by focusing on how SafeGait can assist in decreasing the risk of injuries to both patients and health care professionals.

"The features that attracted us to SafeGait were its versatility, the software interface and the methods of quantifying elements of treatment," said D. Michele Basso, EdD, PT, professor and associate director of the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. "The patients are going to benefit by being able to move without fear of falling. Therapists are going to be able to deliver truly innovative treatments and researchers will be able to measure treatment intensity and outcomes," said Basso, who also serves as director of the NeuroRecovery Network at OSU.

SafeGait -- an innovative dynamic body-weight support system that protects patients from falling via dynamic fall protection while they perform activities like gait, stair climbing and standing up from a chair during rehab -- better equips therapists to measure and set goals that challenge patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disease and amputations. Additionally, SafeGait uses sophisticated Android technology to capture task-level patient performance data in real-time as a means to document progress.

"After more than 37 years of serving the industrial material handling world, Gorbel is proud to transition our unmatched technology into the medical field with SafeGait. Designed in collaboration with experts in rehabilitation, we believe SafeGait will enable OSU to advance its mission -- to improve people's lives," said Reh.

For more information, visit www.safegait.com or call 844-846-8744.

Gorbel Medical is a division of Gorbel Inc., a leader in overhead material handling, ergonomic lifting, and industrial fall protection. Since 1977, Gorbel has been dedicated to providing high-quality solutions to protect critical investments -- people, products, and resources.

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