At Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, we are pleased to offer our patients the latest in critical care technology. This allows us to enhance our patients’ treatment options and results.
At Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, we are pleased to offer our patients the latest in rehabilitative technology through the Bioness® program. This allows us to enhance our patients’ treatment options and results.
Our current Bioness® technology helps patients regain lost mobility or movement in their hands and feet. This system is especially useful for stroke patients, those who may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and patients with partial spinal cord injuries. The system uses electrical stimulation to help patients regain more muscle control, which in turn, gives them more function and mobility.
The Hand Rehabilitation System is easy to use and has been shown to facilitate the use of hand function not only during the acute phase of recovery for stroke patients and those suffering from a brain injury, but also in select patients whose injuries are years old.
The Foot Rehabilitation System is wireless, low-profile, and lightweight. It consists of three components: a gait sensor that’s worn in the shoe, a wireless stimulating leg cuff worn below the knee, and a clinician-programmed control unit. This technology allows the patient to achieve a more-normalized gait on changing terrains and at varying speeds.
LiteGait® is a gait training device that our staff uses to help patients comfortably walk in an environment free from falls. The system simultaneously provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and helps in the training of lower body movement.
Its unique harness design creates and ideal environment for treating our patients who may have a wide range of impairments and ability levels. By allowing an increase or decrease in the weight-bearing load on the weaker side of the body, we may be able to begin gait training earlier in the rehabilitation process and at a lower weight-bearing level.
The VitalStim® Therapy System is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy provided to our patients who have dysphagia or trouble swallowing. The therapy is used in conjunction with swallowing exercises. By combining VitalStim and traditional therapy, we can accelerate strengthening, restore function, and help the brain remap the swallow.
Research supports the combination of these therapies to improve treatment outcomes. It has been shown to be safe and effective for patients, speed the recovery time from a restricted diet, and help patients achieve sustained improvements and long-term results.
A telemetry monitor is a portable box that attaches to a patient, displaying the heart rate and rhythm at a central station. By using telemetry monitoring, our nurses and technicians can continually monitor a patient’s heart rate and rhythm to keep his or her doctor informed. The monitor sends an alarm when it detects an abnormal rhythm and prints out a strip of that rhythm so the doctor can review it. The alarm also alerts our nurses of critical situations so they can take immediate action.