Stroke is a common and leading cause of long-term motor impairment and social disabilities in the United States. It is estimated that 5.8 million people in the United States have survived from stroke, and about 55% of these stroke survivors have varying degrees of disability. Majority of the stroke survivors restore their gait function, but the important reaching and grasping functions in the upper extremity (UE) remains impaired for the rest of their lives. Traditional rehabilitation exercise needs intensive care from physiotherapist, requires patient travel to rehabilitation center, and therefore results in high healthcare cost. The VR rehabilitation is found to be effective, safe and motivating approach that provides an opportunity to convert the complicated physical world into the synthesized virtual environment with precise control over the rehabilitation tasks. The objective of this summer research is to conduct a pilot study for developing CAVE virtual rehabilitation system with data glove to improve the recovery of the upper limb motor functions.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health is renovating part of the family birthing center to include a special care nursery. During renovation, a display will be viewable on site to provide the public with imagery showing what the finished facility will look like.