Wearable tech to help stroke patients with recovery
US scientists at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have developed wearable sensors that could help speed up the recovery of stroke patients. These electronic sensors are designed to be worn on the throat; they can wirelessly send real-time information which can be used by the doctors/therapists to monitor the development of patients' speech patterns and swallowing ability. Here's more about it.
How these sensors work
This throat sensor is essentially a stretchable electronic wearable tech that measures the patients' speech patterns and swallowing ability and wirelessly sends real-time information to the doctor. Hence, with continuous readings, doctors and therapists can monitor their patients' progress at home and can target therapies/treatment to specifically improve muscles affected by stroke.
Empowering doctors and patients
Recovering from a stroke is a complex and difficult process with each patient requiring specialized support. Wearable tech like these sensors, empower both doctors and patients as doctors can now monitor their patients at home and plan treatment according to information these sensors send. The scientists believe once they will have more information on stroke recovery, their study could transform the future of treatment.