Sisters in Sydney are on a quest to develop technology that proactively monitors the risks of day to day life in a wheelchair.
Sisters Kath Hamilton and Clare Conrad were motivated by a desire to improve the health of Clare’s Son Evander. As with many wheelchair uses Evander has no feeling or movement below his waist and does not feel pain or discomfort, natural warning signals that move and reposition. The lack of this movement in Evanders case meant that he developed scoliosis at age seven, has been hospitalised numerous times and has recurring pressure injuries.
The loop+ Website stares these Facts
- ONE IN FOUR WHEELCHAIR USERS DEVELOP PRESSURE INJURIES EACH YEAR
- 100% OF CHILDREN DEVELOPING SCOLIOSIS
- 36% OF SCI READMITTED TO HOSPITAL
- MANY ARE LIKELY TO HAVE BLADDER AND BOWEL CONDITIONS REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT
“Loop+ was born from our desire to proactively monitor the risks of day to day life in a wheelchair. To give Evander and families like ours the tools and information they need to manage their own health – to create and sustain healthy habits.” – www.looplus.com.au
This system comprises of the following features:
LOOP+ SENSOR PAD
Is fixed to the wheelchair underneath the cushion and measures pressure, position, movement and humidity. In the future sensors are planned for the car and bed. The pad tracks effortlessly and unobtrusively as the user goes about their lives
Logging on to the app gives users data that create a shared understanding of the body, and allow data driven conversations with carers and doctors. Users become more aware of their bodies and unique risk factors.
Connecting nurses, specialists and carers the loop+ dashboard improves access to care. Allowing real time monitoring from virtually anywhere.
Trials in Progress
Wheelchair users located within 90mins of Sydney CBD can apply to be part of the initial trials, there is a criteria that needs to be met. Watch this space for updates.