University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) has installed the SafeGait 360° Balance and Mobility Trainer on its Austin, Texas campus.

Designed by physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) experts, the device's body-weight support and fall protection system addresses the risk of injury from falls, offering protection to both the patient and therapist.

USAHS president and chief academic officer Dr Wanda Nitsch said: “When someone suffers from medical issues or injuries and is learning to walk again, one of the top fears that comes to the individual is the fear of falling.

“With the innovative SafeGait 360°, those individuals can bypass this fear and gain the necessary confidence needed in their treatment plan. This technology is revolutionary and will provide our faculty and students with a great hands-on learning experience.”

The SafeGait 360°’s dynamic fall protection (DFP) can differentiate between a patient’s intentional downward movement and when they are actually falling.

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This ability allows therapists to modify fall protection sensitivity to accommodate and challenge patients at varying stages of independence.

It features easy-to-use, intuitive patient management software which allows therapists to track and compare session and task data.

Therapists can select from a wide list of transfer, gait and stair tasks and customisation options to create a care plan tailored to individual patient needs.

The device will also assist research and to treat orthopaedic patients and geriatric patients, who are at a risk of injury from falls.

Image: SafeGait 360° Balance and Mobility Trainer will treat orthopaedic patients and geriatric patients. Photo: courtesy of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.