New Rehabilitation Equipment launched at the Occupational Therapy Department, Galway University Hospitals

  The Occupational Therapy Service at Galway University Hospitals has recently acquired a new rehabilitation tool known as Dynavision.  The purchase of the device was supported by a grant of €10,000 from the charity Footsteps and it is the only hospital in the West of Ireland to currently have this device. The Dynavision D2 is designed to enhance a person’s visual-motor and cognitive reaction skills. The system trains patients in peripheral awareness, eye-hand coordination and visual reactions using a series of lights and sounds. Already the OT staff at GUH have noticed  improvements in the many patients who have used the device Commenting, Occupational Therapy Manager Pauline Burke said, “The Dynavision range are recognised as the premier visual-motor reaction training system for over 25 years. It is widely used in the rehabilitation of patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury in the USA, but from what we know, this is only the fourth Dynavision within in the Republic of Ireland and is the first to be installed in the West of Ireland.  Already patients at GUH are benefitting from its range of applications, with many patients already describing how it has helped them to improve their coordination and peripheral awareness. We are very grateful for the generous support of Footsteps in helping us acquire this important rehabilitation equipment”. The Dynavision was officially launched in the Occupation Therapy Department GUH on the 11th of August. A presentation of the Dynavision D2 and its many benefits was presented to hospital staff by Cornlius Dhivaker and Caitriona Cosgrove, Senior Occupational therapists. At the launch, Alicia Kelly, Occupational Therapy GUH and Ann Cosgrove, General Manager of GUH welcomed Footsteps chairperson Rosalie Parker and her colleague Charles Jackson to GUH [...]

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St James’ Hospital Occupational Therapy Department received a “one-off” grant for equipment

Aoife O'Gorman, Occupational Therapist Manager OT Department St James' Hospital writes.... In 2013, the Occupational Therapy department at St. James's Hospital was the fortunate recipient of a €10,000 grant from the charity "Footsteps". Occupational Therapy enables people to complete their activities of daily living and function as independently as possible. This often requires the modification of the activity and the environment in which one functions. One core component of Occupational Therapy is to provide individualized posture and pressure care assessment and equipment provision in the acute, rehabilitation and discharge phases of care. Occupational Therapists enable people to sit out of bed in the acute phases of care which is essential to; build up sitting tolerance, promote optimal posture and positioning, maximise functional abilities, facilitate swallow, respiratory and digestive function, provide maximum stimulation and improve quality of life. The €10,000 grant was utilised to purchase a range of specialised tilt-in-space wheelchairs, self-propelling wheelchairs, vascular stump boards, elevating leg rests and pressure relieving cushions specifically to improve service provision and rehabilitation outcomes for orthopaedic, vascular and neurology inpatients. The grant has also made provision for individual cases who are non-medical card holders and require essential enabling equipment to facilitate discharge home from hospital. The new equipment has made a significant impact on the timeliness of appropriate seating equipment provision as well as improved patient satisfaction and comfort. The timely provision of equipment enables the therapy team to commence rehabilitation at the earliest opportunity, thus, both improving rehabilitation outcomes and reducing hospital length of stay. The Occupational Therapy department would like to express their deepest gratitude to Footsteps for awarding this special grant and in particular, Caroline Liddy, Applications Controller, Immunology Department, St. James's Hospital and Footsteps Management [...]

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