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Project

Regaining/Improving Hand Function after SCI (for daily activities)

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 50 K
Funding amount
Abstract
The Providence Little Company of Mary Rehabcentre Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) program assists patients maximize independence, confidence, and quality of life. As part of our SCI program, the goal of our Regaining/Improving Hand Function after SCI project is to maximize functional independence, reduce spasticity, and improve quality of life through enhanced therapy to speed progress and increase hand function for SCI patients.

Loss of hand function is a devastating aspect of SCI, and associated with a significant reduction in quality of life for patients. Small daily tasks such as holding an item, getting dressed, or even feeding oneself can become huge obstacles with loss of hand function. Rehabilitation of hand function is a top priority for our SCI patients; many stating that focusing on hand improvement will play a major role in improving quality of life, social participation, and functional independence. PLCM Rehabcentre assists patients on regaining upper extremity functionality including hand function, but it is a long process, requiring dedication and patience from the patient and therapist.

Grant funding from the Craig Neilsen Foundation would allow us to acquire the Bioness H200 hand rehabilitation system to enhance our SCI hand therapy. Acquiring the Bioness H200 hand rehabilitation systems will assist our SCI population re-activate muscle intervention to aide in the return of hand movement and function – allowing patients to feed themselves and participate in daily activities we often take for granted. One of the biggest benefits of implementing the Bioness H200 into a rehabilitation plan for our SCI population is the mental edge it will give to patients. When patients wear the device, they will be able to see and feel their hand move normally. Ultimately, use of the Bioness H200 will reeducate muscles so that patients can function without the system, providing the best possible chance of achieving the highest quality of life.

Once acquired, the Bioness H200 Hand Rehabilitation System will assist patients in achieving the following measurable goals:
• Minimum increase of two functional levels as measured by the Functional Independence Measurement (FIM) scale in eating, dressing, and grooming;
• Minimum increase of two functional levels as measured by FIM scale for Wheelchair motion (increased hand function equals strength for wheelchair movement); and
• Minimum increase of .5 in rating scale for overall quality of life and physical capacity as measured by the World Health Organization Quality of Life measurement.



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Categories
  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1103 Clinical Sciences

  • RCDC

    Assistive Technology

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

  • RCDC

    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

  • RCDC

    Bioengineering

  • RCDC

    Neurosciences

  • RCDC

    Rehabilitation

  • RCDC

    Spinal Cord Injury

  • RCDC

    Clinical Research

  • RCDC

    Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities

  • RCDC

    Neurodegenerative

  • RCDC

    Physical Rehabilitation

  • Health Research Areas

    Clinical