NASA Medical Patents Bring Servicemen to Their Feet
A Secure Ambulation Mode (S.A.M.) physical therapy device is being used by Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C., to help patients recover from traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries.
Technology for Today reports that S.A.M. is based on a technology developed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The patents were licensed from NASA by Enduro Medical Technology (East Hartford, CT), which added a joint mechanism to the walker to enable greater ease of use. S.A.M. allows patients to stand or walk, whether they have a sense of balance or not.
Enduro donated a S.A.M. unit to Walter Reed to facilitate rehabilitation for military patients, including soldiers returning home from service in Iraq. At Walter Reed, the device is being used to help patients with a variety of traumatic injuries to the spinal cord and brain.