Patients at St. Luke's get a liftHEALTH NOTES: A newly installed overhead lift is helping patients regain their footing at St. Luke’s hospital.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
A newly installed overhead lift is helping patients regain their footing at St. Luke’s hospital.
Known as a supported ambulation system, the $15,000 unit provides patients in the rehabilitation unit with a harness while they use the treadmill, perform balance exercises or practice walking up and down stairs, a St. Luke’s news release said. It prevents falls and provides partial weight support.
The 20-foot overhead track, support harness and treadmill were installed a little more than a month ago with funding by the St. Luke’s Foundation.
Staff expect between 250 and 300 patients a year to benefit, the news release said. Stroke and brain-injury patients are the most likely to use it.