For many Albertans, basic tasks like using a can opener, turning a door handle or opening a jar can be difficult. It’s a challenge to meet hand therapy needs because there are limited options for measuring the progress of rehabilitation. Work simulation devices exist but they are very expensive. Karma Machining & Manufacturing, as part of its drive to diversify beyond fabricating complex components for the energy sector, has developed an innovative medical device that is currently being trialed.
- The FEPSim® (flexion, extension, pronation, and supination simulator) medical device enables hand and wrist rehabilitation, adjustable to a patient’s capabilities during the rehabilitation process.
- With the support of Alberta Innovates, Karma and the U of A Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, are working together to trial the device with patients at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Another example of Alberta ingenuity.