Robo-K2, autonomous ambulatory device for walking rehabilitation in clinical trial
A new clinical study has begun in November at the University Hospital of Rennes and the CMRRF of Kerpape with two walking rehabilitation robots.
In line with Robo-K collaborative project carried out by BA Healthcare from the end of 2012 to January 2017 to develop a mobile robot for gait training, a new clinical study has begun in November at the University Hospital of Rennes and the CMRRF of Kerpape. 70 patients are involved in this 3-year project which aims at demonstrating the relevance of a robotic system use in post-stroke walking rehabilitation.
The two original prototypes developed as part of Robo-K project have been completely overhauled and benefit from numerous improvements to meet the partners’ requests for evolution. The suspension has been modified, different speed levels have been added and new computer developments have been carried out to simplify, among other things, the use of the interface by practitioners.
After an important phase of tests conducted to verify the efficiency and robustness of the developments, the two demonstrators were fully operational to join the study.
Two mobile robots re-educate post-stroke patients to walk
BA Healthcare has provided the two robots to both study facilities. After training the physiotherapists to use the device, BA Healthcare provides technical support during the entire duration of the clinical trials.
Two groups of patients are constituted:
- A group that uses the robot as part of its rehabilitation,
- Another group that benefits from traditional rehabilitation sessions.
A blind study (i.e., without knowing which group will have benefited from which therapeutic framework) will allow the results of each group to be analyzed over time and determine the clinical effectiveness of the device in post-stroke gait rehabilitation.