Stroke patients aided by wearable technology advances

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has detailed how US scientists are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.

The meeting in Texas discussed details of the study, which is using sensors to send information to doctors continuously, hoping to use the technology to allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care.

It is reported that the research team will have more information than ever before on stroke recovery by the end of 2018, which they believe can transform the way patients are treated in the future.

Lizzy McAninch, a doctor who suffered a stroke two years ago, told the BBC: “This technology to put sensors on the body to assess which muscle groups work or not can really pinpoint the areas affected by the stroke and can target therapies to specifically improve those issues.

As a therapist, I think about what my patients are doing at home. Are they able to carry through the recommendations I'm giving them as a therapist to do more? Do we see that they are walking more or do we see them engaging in conversations? Those are the types of things that I can get feedback from the sensors where currently I have to rely on what they tell me they have done."

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