New acquisitions for physiotherapy

Thanks to funding from the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation, CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS was able to make three new acquisitions for the physiotherapy department at Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital: a videonystagmoscope, a new electromagnetic field device, and a television set for rehabilitation.

 

Videonystagmoscope, a tool to better evaluate the source of vertigo

Have you ever been dizzy? Do you have problems with balance or dizziness? Thanks to the videonystagmoscope, the physiotherapy team is now better able to assess and treat vestibular pathologies (related to the vestibule, which is the organ of balance in the inner ear). A significant increase in the demand for consultation and treatment for clients with vestibular problems has been observed in recent years. This has prompted the physiotherapy team at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital to improve its skills in this area. The videonystagmoscope is a device with an infrared camera to record nystagmus (eye movements). It helps to clarify the vestibular disorder and develop a more personalized treatment for each condition.

The screen of the videonystagmoscope

BIO-Stim, an electromagnetic field device

The physiotherapy department is also receiving an increase in requests to treat chronic pain, especially since the creation of the pain management clinic at Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital. One of the techniques used to treat chronic pain is the use of extreme low frequency electromagnetic fields. As the device already on site is in constant use, it was decided to provide a second “BIO-Stim” device to the physiotherapy department in order to reduce the waiting time for the use of this device. “BIO-Stim” is not only used to reduce pain, but also promotes cellular regeneration at several levels.

Marie-Josée Clusiau, physiotherapist, and the BIO-Stim.

A television, for a more stimulating rehabilitation

Following a stroke or a serious illness leading to severe loss of autonomy, you may need to start training standing up again before you even think about walking. As this exercise can be difficult, patients are placed in front of the parallel bars. Previously, the patient in this position could only see a wall or a window. The acquisition of a television set provided visual stimulation to keep patients upright for longer periods of time while making exercise more enjoyable. The device has been installed since April 1, 2019 and the physiotherapy team has already seen the benefits for rehabilitation patients.

“We warmly thank the BMP foundation and its donors who made it possible to purchase this equipment. These new acquisitions contribute to improving the quality of care and services at Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital,” said Carole Larose, Assistant Director of Multidisciplinary Services at CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.

 

A history of commitment

The Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Foundation is above all a story of committed citizens who are concerned about the health of their community. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has raised and invested more than $30 million in several redevelopment projects to provide better services and greater access to health care.

 

Around the videonystagmoscope: Jean-Pierre Bruneau, patient and initiator of the project to purchase the device ; Lola Landes, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation and Marie-Josée Clusiau, physiotherapist.