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Oapl introduces the RehaGait Analyzer - Part 2

We are excited to introduce the new RehaGait Mobile Gait Analysis System to our customers in Australia and New Zealand. RehaGait is a completely portable system that takes minutes to set up. In just moments, you can record, measure, analyse and report on one’s gait patterns which makes it ideal for clinical analysis on the go.

This blog takes you through the setup and application of the RehaGait. Remember, all you need is your subject and enough space to walk 8-10 steps.

 

Hints and tips:

Everything we talk about in this article has come from the manual, so if you’re having troubles with your unit, slow down and refer to the manual. Hasomed has provided this in-depth resource to ensure using the device is easy! However, there are some basic things that are easy to forget.

 
  • The RehaGait works on a Windows tablet so always ensure your tablet is fully charged before use. The battery life differs depending on the programs and functions you are using.
  • The Bluetooth Motion sensors have about 11 hours battery life and are charged using a micro USB which plugs into each of the sensor hard cases. Ensure these are always charged before your subject arrives in the clinic to avoid delays in charging them - this will minimise the chance of a sensor switching off during a gait cycle.
  • Don’t forget your patient safety. Patients with a high risk of falling are contraindicated for the use of this device. You as the clinician must identify if the patient is able to walk independently, with an aide, or with physical support.
  • In the case that you are supporting or holding your patient as they walk, we recommend you have a carry bag for the tablet whilst you are moving.

 

Application:

  • The Rehagait can be used with just the foot sensors or with all 7 sensors. 
  • Shoes should be worn throughout gait recordings.
  • Shoes shouldn't have a heel height of more than 2 cm (Small/paediatric foot straps are available)
  • Foot sensors must be secured well. 

If you are attaching the other five sensors make sure they are secured tightly, and the sensors are on the lateral aspect of the legs. Ensure the lower leg sensors are above the malleoli and the upper leg sensors are clear of the knee.

The sensors should be at the same height on both legs. The middle (hip) strap should sit over L4-L5 and be secure.

 

Connecting:

 

The software is intuitive and will prompt you through all processes. 

  1. Firstly, log in and set up subject details and notes if required. (We recommend you do this before the client arrives to save time and energy) 
  2. Required fields are name, height, gender, and shoe size.
  3. Next, with your subject, attach the sensors and turn them on (power buttons on each of the hard Motion Sensor cases). The system will prompt you to connect the sensors to the tablet via Bluetooth. This can take a few seconds as the sensors register one by one. 
  4. The system will then prompt you to perform a calibration. This is a two-step process, the subject standing still for 10 secs then the subject has the option to sit or stand for their moving calibration where the torso needs to be tilted back and forth (15deg)  and the legs need to be extended and swung forward 30 deg one by one. Only do this once or twice.
  5. Once calibrated you are ready for measurement. Select to record your subject with video or without. The tablet can connect up to 20m away, however must be within 5 meters of the subject for the start and finish. Press start to begin measurement then count down “3,2,1 go”. At the end of the walking cycle the subject stops close to the tablet and waits 3 seconds before the “stop” button is pressed by the clinician.

 

For more information, technical specifications, demonstrations and costs:

Please call Lainie Plummer at oapl on 0413 629 464 or email lplummer@oapl.com.au to organise a time in your area.

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