Valley Man's Invention May Change Face of Health Care.
Updated: Sunday, 14 Nov 2010, 9:47 PM MST
Published : Sunday, 14 Nov 2010, 9:47 PM MST
By KEITH YASKIN
FOX 10 News
PHOENIX - Only on FOX -- a doctor says it's probably one of the biggest advancements in the last 100 years for patients going through rehab. One valley man is trying to change health care.
The track is 75 feet and stretches along the ceiling of a hospital hallway. It's a machine designed to prevent patients from one of their greatest fears -- falling during therapy.
Danny Bianco is a physical therapist assistant at Banner Dell Webb Memorial Hospital, the first hospital to install Secure Tracks. Patients used a walker before the tracks were there.
"So what you want to do is take the machine, pull it up into the patient's armpits, like this. You want at least like an inch or two for the patient's comfort," Bianco said. "But for the most part, people like it."
Catherine Brazil underwent knee replacement. She said the machine works well and feels good.
"As a therapist, I can keep my distance. I can see how her hips are moving up and moving down, and then I can adjust it from there," Bianco said. "I think it's probably the biggest advancement in the last 100 years. Walkers have been around since the late 1800s."
Dr. David Jacofsky said patients are walking further and sooner, and a study shows there's less pain.
"I think it just goes to show that one person, in theory, can change health care. I think this will become the standard of care nationally," Jacofsky said.
That one person is Les Dace, a former health care consultant who invented Secure Tracks with his wife.
Relatives had fallen during rehab in hospitals.
"They are scared to death that they are going to fall after their surgery," Dace said. "It's really low-tech when it comes to a technical scale, but it really does what it was designed to do."
Secure Track Patient Support System (Fall Prevention)