Technology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

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Technology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Where you choose to receive care can make all the difference. Not every facility offers the same level of expertise, equipment, or therapies. Gaylord offers an extraordinary range of technologies and patient services, all based on the latest research and best practices. As our patients continue their journey, we offer a full complement of assistive technologies that enable greater independence.

Click the sections below to learn more about some of the technology Gaylord offers.

AlterG Treadmill

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill ®

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses NASA-developed Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology that enables unprecedented unweighting therapy and training capabilities. This technology uses air pressure to comfortably lift the user and allows him or her to walk or run while bearing only a fraction of their body weight. Gaylord has AlterG treadmills in all outpatient locations.

ZeroG Gait and Balance System

ZeroG Gait and Balance System ®

The ZeroG Gait and Balance System® protects patients from falls while providing dynamic body-weight support for walking, balancing, sit-to-stand maneuvers and even stairs. Because ZeroG is mounted to an overhead track, there are no barriers between the patient and therapist. With ZeroG (the only such system in the state), inpatients can begin rehabilitation as early as possible in a safe, controlled environment.

Ekso bionic exoskeleton

Ekso ™

Gaylord is the only facility in Connecticut to have the Ekso ™ bionic exoskeleton. The Ekso™ is a portable, adjustable bionic suit designed to help patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness (from a spinal cord injury, stroke, or other neurologic condition) to stand and walk with a reciprocal gait. A physical therapist with special training uses the control pad to program the desired walking parameters, such as gait length and speed.

Bioness Integrated Therapy System – BITS ®

Bioness Integrated Therapy System – BITS ®

The BITS'® touchscreen has mutliple interactive program options that challenge patients to use visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, and cognitive skills and endurance training. BITS is a multi-disciplinary therapy solution designed to motivate patients and improve clinician efficiency with 24 unique programs and four standardized assessments.

iPad technology

iPad ®

The Apple iPad® is used to provide assistance with communication and organization. Patients are taught to use applications that help with cognitive and functional capabilities. Plus, they can keep in touch with family and friends. Our staff helps patients use the best apps to maximize their time and effort.

Functional Electrical Stimulation RT300 FES cycle

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves, evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. Gaylord uses the RT300 FES cycle, which can create patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk.

WalkAide ®

WalkAide ®

After a neurological event, it is common to have weakness in the leg, foot and ankle, which can result in foot drop, which is the inability to pick up the foot while walking. The Walk Aide® helps to prevent foot drop. The small, self-contained device uses a switch to trigger electrical stimulation of the muscles that lift the foot and doesn’t require orthopedic or special shoes while in use.

Bioness L300 Plus ®

Bioness L300 Plus ®

The Bioness LS-300® is a computer based, wireless, sensor-driven electronic stimulation unit used to control ankle and knee motion and stability during walking. This technology is proven to increase stability, speed, and confidence during walking, while decreasing the risk of falls.

G-Walk ®

G-Walk ®

The G-Walk® is a wireless system for motion functional analysis. A special sensor enables clinical tests such as the “Timed Up and Go” and the “6 Minutes Walking Test” to supply benchmarks related to walking, running, and jumping, helping physicians and therapists assess a patient’s condition and determine the efficacy of treatments and rehabilitation therapies.

Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti ®

Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti ®

The Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti® is a comprehensive, portable biofeedback electrical stimulation system assisting with foot drop, which is the inability to pick up the foot while walking. The device delivers stimulation to the targeted muscles based on the client’s own EMG signal. This combination of biofeedback and stimulation enables people to maximize their rehabilitation and recovery.

Mechanical Ventilator

Mechanical Ventilators

Mechanical ventilators assist patients who are having difficulty breathing on their own. This can be done either with a face mask or with an endotracheal tube or tracheostomy tube. A ventilator, or vent, can be set to deliver breaths or simply assist with regular breathing. The vent settings are specific to each patient’s needs for mechanical support. Gaylord’s clinical team works to decrease the patient’s reliance on the vent so the patient can be weaned from the ventilator and breathe unassisted.

Portable Ventilator

Portable Ventilators

High-end portable ventilators increase mobility and improve rehabilitation. These light-weight, compact ventilators allow patients to gain mobility early in the rehabilitation process. The portable vents have most of the same modes, settings, and capabilities as our standard bedside vents and patients who are stable enough to be outside their rooms can use them for transport, or to travel outside of their room with a respiratory therapist present.

Passy-Muir Valve

Passy-Muir ® Valve

The Passy-Muir® Valve (PMV) is a simple medical device which redirects airflow through the vocal folds, mouth and nose, enabling improved communication. Evidence-based research has shown that the PMV helps with communication, swallowing, secretion management, and oxygenation. PMVs allow patients to adjust to a more normal breathing pattern and help wean patients from the ventilator. Additionally, the PMV can improve the sense of smell, leading to an increase in taste, and thereby appetite, which helps speed recovery.

Vapotherm Technology

Vapotherm ™

Vapotherm™ delivers medical vapors that help patients with acute or chronic respiratory disorders. Vapotherm System therapy can help patients avoid the discomfort and expense of mechanical or pressure-based ventilation support. Delivered through a comfortable nasal cannula, Vapotherm delivers High Flow Therapy with vapor, precise temperature and oxygen control, and an easy-to-use system with built-in patient safety alarms.

Percussion Vest technology

Percussion Vests

A Percussion Vest includes a vest-shaped apparatus that is connected to a monitor. Based on the patient’s needs, it rapidly fill and deflates, gently compressing and releasing the chest wall up to 25 times per second. This therapy, called High-Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO), creates mini-coughs that dislodge mucus from the bronchial walls and move it along toward central airways. The action also makes thick secretions easier to clear. Once the mucus has moved from the smaller to larger airways, it can be easily removed by coughing or suctioning.

iPad technology

iPad ®

The Apple iPad® is used to provide assistance with communication or to learn to use time and energy-saving applications. Our staff helps patients to use the best apps to maximize their time, effort, and to keep in touch with family and friends.

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