In Le Tampon, Reunion Island, a new technical platform for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (MPR) has been inaugurated. It is a high-tech equipment of more than 1170 m2 to take care of patients from the whole Indian Ocean area.
Patients from all over the Indian Ocean region
In the PRM department of Le Tampon, patients come from all over the Indian Ocean: Reunion, Mayotte, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles. The latter present different pathologies. Some suffer from hemiplegia, paraplegia or tetraplegia, cranial trauma, brain injuries, polytrauma. Others have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other conditions.
High tech in the service of care
This high-tech equipment should take care of patients with disabilities, polytrauma or disabling neurological diseases. Everything will be done to help them regain a certain degree of autonomy. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (MPR) of Le Tampon has a high-performance technical platform.
The latter includes rails for suspension walking, but also a specific area for analysing walking. There is also a posturography (posture analysis) room with a stabilometry platform.
Working on kinesthesia with the Xbox
A group room for working on kinesthesia with the Xbox to regain balance completes this new equipment. In addition, a room with home automation equipment allows tetraplegics, for example, to carry out everyday activities. It can be eye control, head movement thanks to an infrared sensor on the forehead.
“The PRM department now has a new care tool of more than 1170 m2 […] already functional since October 2017, which optimizes the previous structure consisting of balneotherapy and fitting rooms.”
The future of medical high tech…at home?
For several years now, connected objects have been making their way into the field of health: digital, connected, intelligent, 2.0 hospital… They are increasingly present, whether to monitor blood pressure or to participate in rehabilitation. Moreover, these high-tech medical services are also coming into the home. However, the pathologies that can be successfully treated by technological home medicalization meet three criteria:
- Are chronic and last for several years (rather than a few days or months);
- Can be prevented or treated by protocols that are easy to follow and reproduce. People outside the medical profession would be able to do the right thing;
- Are not intensive in nature (do not require 24-hour human attention or supervision).
Thus, among the pathologies that can benefit from this technology at home are: diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.