Polytechnic students develop healthcare devices

SINGAPORE: Students from a local polytechnic have come up with several devices that promise to help hospital patients recover with ease.

The devices look set to help patients who're on physiotherapy treatment.

Ashiq Yassin, a Mechanical Engineering student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said: "We were walking past the gym and we saw the pulley concept and we decided to take the concept into our device and create one."

It's for patients with wrist problems, such as ligament tears.

Patients can use the light weights to strengthen their wrists and their muscles in different motions.

Another device dreamed up by the students is for shoulder exercises.

It's to help patients who're recovering from an operation or stroke regain upper limb functions.

Koh Pei Xin, a Mechanical Engineering student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said: "Usually, therapists would require a few exercise machines to provide a complete exercise regime for these patients. We worked with the physiotherapists from Singapore General Hospital and have now come up with an exercise machine that enables patients to do all these exercises with just one single device."

And for those with lower back pains, this dynamic lumbar support system serves as a prop for good sitting posture.

Twelve students from the polytechnic worked with the hospital to design and develop these prototypes.

The devices for the wrist and back cost less than S$1,000 to develop, and the shoulder device around S$2,000.

Unlike current physiotherapy equipment, they can be easily moved around.

Dr Celia Tan, group director at Allied Health, SingHealth, said: "When we are working with the patients, we see some of their needs, so we will bring these ideas to the students and lecturers and they will come up with a device that will meet our needs. We will work quite closely with them to fine-tune the device so that the final product is something we can use in a clinical situation."

Over the past six years, five such devices developed in collaboration with the school and hospital have been patented for clinical use.

Source Channel NewsAsia

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