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In The News

Biodex is often cited in news articles discussing industry trends, new technology and advancements.  There are also times when we find interesting news articles that we like to share with our customers. Outlined below are periodicals where Biodex has been mentioned, corporate press releases, and other relevant industry news. 

Taking a Stand Against Falls

September 30, 2015
By Hannah Wallace / Sarasota Magazine

In September, Pines of Sarasota announced a new public screening program that can determine an individual’s risk for falls. Falls represent a major health risk, especially in the elderly, and the Pines program is aimed at raising awareness as well as promoting preventive measures. >>

Computerized system, donated by two Sun Health Foundation supporters, enables health professionals to test people's fall risks and stability and identify weaknesses, which can be addressed through exercises.

Surprise, AZ -- (PRWeb) -- 04/09/2015 -- The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing recently acquired a high-tech Biodex Balance System™ SD that can test a person’s balance and train them to improve it. The system was made possible through a donation to Sun Health Foundation from Allan and Mary Campbell, residents of The Colonnade, a Sun Health senior living Life Care community. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/07/2015 -- As one of the nation's leading providers of Biodex Senior Rehab and Mobility products, the team at Vonco Medical strives to help their more than 7500 customers better understand how leveraging the Biodex product line can help enhance the care of their patients and more importantly provide better patient outcomes. Tyler Oglesby, Sales Manager for Vonco Medical recently stated "Our team at Vonco Medical has years of experience in working with the entire Biodex product line. The products manufactured by Biodex such as the Biodex Balance System SD and their new Biodex Sit2Stand Trainer are truly leading the way when it comes to improving patient mobility and decreasing falls."  >>

Donation funds new hospital equipment

April 7, 2015
Jesse Christen, jchristen@argusleader.com

The Dell Rapids Area Hospital has purchased a new piece of helpful medical equipment thanks to a gift from the Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation.

The Biodex Balance System SD is the hospital’s newest edition of high-tech medical equipment. It’s used by physical therapy and is a balance testing and training tool that helps patients that suffer from balance related issues. Physical therapists are able to assess fall risk and then recommend exercises to help improve balance, agility and muscle tone. Other applications include screening athletes for single-leg injuries, concussion management, and wellness or fitness activities. >>

Recovering balance: Classes help seniors prevent falls

March 21, 2015
By Danie Koskan, Rapid City Journal Staff

Want to lead a well-balanced life? Put down the self-help and diet books and just try standing on one foot for a minute.

“If you can maintain a minute, you’re doing pretty well with balance,” said Erin Smith, wellness director at Westhills Village Retirement Community. If you wobble before time’s up, don’t panic. With age comes wisdom, white hair — and wobbles. “Unfortunately, as we age, our balance is one of the first things that we tend to lose,” Smith said.

The single-leg stance is one of the tools she uses to improve stability in her clients, most of whom are residents of the southside Rapid City retirement home. The rest are on a waiting list to move into the continuing care facility. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/09/2014 -- Shreveport, LA Vonco Medical a leading provider of new and quality pre-owned and refurbished physical therapy, rehabilitation and medical equipment sales and support and Biodex recently partnered to provide Gamble Guest Care in Shreveport, LA with a 2 day continuing education course in which professionals from both Vonco and Biodex as well as an expert occupational therapist were flown in to oversee the training. More than 50 physical therapist attended the event which unveiled a major upgrade to Gamble Guest Care's rehabilitation facilities to the latest in Biodex Balance and rehabilitation products. >>

Helping people stay on their feet

October 3, 2014
http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/

For years, skilled nursing facilities have filled the gap between hospital and home for patients needing help after surgery, heart attacks, strokes and other disorders, but had little to help those patients prevent a common threat to their recovery: A fall.

Now, McPherson Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department offers the latest in computerized rehab technology for patients whose conditions place them at increased risk of potentially fatal falls: The Biodex Balance System.The Biodex Balance System enables McPherson Hospital therapists to test the ability of their patients to resist balance challenges that could induce a fall, and to compares those test results to aged-matched “normal” persons. When fall risks are detected, therapists aided by software programs in the Balance System can, over a period of weeks, help patients develop the muscle strength and neurological response necessary for them to walk more safely when discharged. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/19/2014 -- Vonco Medical was proud to help outfit the new Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic for Tulsa Community College. This facility will provide clinical learning possibilities for Tulsa CC’s PTA program along with servicing the Tulsa community. The Nate Waters Physical Therapy clinic is equipped with top of the line rehabilitation equipment including Biodex balance testing equipment, Biodex gait training/analysis treadmill, Biodex unweighing system and the Biodex Free Step system. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) –  09/16/2014 – Vonco Medical was proud to attend the new Skilled Nursing grand opening at Park Manor Bee Cave. This Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, & Specialty Care facility is equipped with top of the line Rehabilitation equipment. The gym offers the Biodex balance testing machine, which offers fall risk testing for the residents, as well as training. They also offer Biodex gait training/analysis treadmill with the Biodex unweighing machine. This allows the patient to unload body weight and work on gait training with the Biodex gait trainer treadmill, which has biofeedback that tells the therapist their stride and step length.  >>

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center to host free, Fall-Risk Screening

July 15, 2014
By Jennifer Wilson, www.tryondailybulletin.com

Falls and fall-related injuries seriously affect older adults’ quality of life. Falls cause painful debilitating injuries for older adults. With the Biodex Balance System SD, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation therapists can identify and modify the factors that lead to falls among older adults.  >>

PCORI and NIH Announce Major Study of Patient-Centered Approach to Preventing Fall-Related Injuries in Older Adults

June 4, 2014
by Christine Stencel, Associate Director of Media Relations (202-570-9275 or cstencel@pcori.org)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2014) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced a five-year, $30 million national study of the effectiveness of a multi-pronged strategy that includes deploying nurses or nurse practitioners trained as “falls care managers” to provide older adults with individually tailored, evidence-based care plans to help them avoid falls and related injuries.

The award funded by PCORI and made by NIA as part of a first of its kind partnership between the nonprofit institute and the federal agency will support a uniquely patient-centered approach to reducing rates of fall-related injuries among non-institutionalized older adults. The study will be led by several of the country’s leading geriatric experts and conducted in collaboration with older individuals, family caregivers, and other stakeholder partners who will contribute to all phases of the research. Patients, stakeholders, nurses, and primary care physicians will play key roles as partners in implementing the tailored care approach.

Falls rank among the most common and potentially devastating problems facing the growing population of older adults and their families. Every year, roughly one in three adults over age 65 falls, and as many as 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries, which can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Rates of fall-related injuries remain stubbornly high despite research pointing to effective interventions. Among other challenges, many older patients are reluctant to disclose previous falls and only a third are screened for this problem during primary care visits. >>

February 19, 2014, Shirley, NY – Biodex Medical Systems is pleased to announce the addition of the Balance System SD into the Fall Risk Screening Program of Glenwood Care Facility, Oxnard, CA.

Glenwood is a skilled nursing facility that provides short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care. The goal at Glenwood is to provide patients with premier care and get them back home.  The numbers exemplify Glenwood’s success; 97% of those admitted to Glenwood either go home or to a lower level of care.

Glenwood continually looks to improve its rehabilitation services with new techniques and technology.  One of the areas of focus for changing the image of the facility was the way the rehabilitation process was being viewed.  “We were looking to move away from passive therapy to active therapy,” explains Dave Merkley, Executive Director of Glenwood.  The decision was made to add the Biodex Balance System SD to their rehabilitation program as part of this move in a new direction.  >>

Effect of Lower Limb Strength on Falls and Balance of the Elderly

August 1, 2012
Kang Hee Cho, M.D., Soo Kyung Bok, M.D., Young-Jae Kim, M.D., corresponding author and Seon Lyul Hwang, M.D. - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Looking for a study that supports the correlation between balance testing and falls? This study demonstrates that poor leg strength and poor balance correlate to falls in persons age 65 and above. Balance was measured using the stability index of the Biodex Balance System SD following the Fall Risk Test protocol. The differences between “Fallers” and “Non Fallers” were compared and the correlation between lower limb strength and balance were analyzed. The answer is in the test results. Read more. >>

Building Lifelong Fitness

January 6, 2012
Marjorie Preston, Shore News Today

Linwood physical therapy center helps maturing bodies gain and maintain strength

LINWOOD – Eleanor Hagan spent 26 years in the Atlantic City casino industry. Starting as a bartender at Bally’s Park Place, Hagan moved on to become a floor person and then a dealer at the blackjack, roulette, poker and craps tables.

All the while, she had a second career in mind – one markedly different from the first. Studying nights, weekends, during her work breaks, and in countless stolen moments in between, Hagan worked toward her goal. In 2000, she earned her master’s degree in physical therapy at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She was 50.

“People always said, ‘By the time you graduate, you’re going to be too old; who’s going to want to hire you?’” said Hagan. But her age worked in her favor, she said, giving her the single-mindedness to push past obstacles and the patience to deal effectively with challenged clients. >>

New Programs at Caldwell Therapy Center

December 1, 2011
Caldwell Therapy Center

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
CALDWELL THERAPY CENTER is now offering athletes, sport teams, schools and recreation departments, a new program for Concussion Management. The program includes Pre-Season Baseline Testing and Post-Injury Assesment for both Neuro-Physical and Neuro-Cognitive Testing.   New requirements and guidelines for athletes at the professional, collegiate and scholastic levels have made Concussion Management an integral part of an athlete's seasonal preparation.

BALANCE & FALL RISK SCREENING
Caldwell Therapy Center is offering our patients and the community a FREE consultation with trained physical therapist to discuss and find out whether you can benefit from our BALANCE & FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM. >>

NHC Chattanooga Offers New Program For Older Adults

November 17, 2011
www.chattanoogan.com

NHC Chattanooga has introduced a life-saving program for older adults: the Biodex Fall Risk Screening and Conditioning Program. This program can help determine who is at risk of falling by identifying "risk factors" in just a few minutes. If a patient is found to be at risk of falling, a series of suggested interventions can be offered.

Patients are calling the expanded Balance Testing and Training Program at NHC Chattanooga "challenging and effective". >>

Adult & Child Therapy Services Provides Fall Risk Screenings

October 20, 2011
Rikki Lee Travolta - triblocal.com

A fall is one of the major fears for older adults and their loved ones. Thanks to a grant from Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc., Adult & Child Therapy Services is offering a way of clinically assessing the likelihood of a fall for older adults in the community.

Adult & Child Therapy Services has a variety of state-of-the-art equipment. One of these pieces of equipment includes the Biodex Balance System SD. The Balance System SD provides clinical protocol to determine if clients are at risk of a fall. It also determines if a patient is compensating for an injury and what areas need to be worked on to build strength, improve balance, maintain independence and improve mobility. This system is consistent with the American Geriatric Society's clinical guidelines for prevention of a fall in an older adult. >>

Hospital Holds Grand Opening at Center for Specialty Services

July 28, 2011
Fallbrook Bonsall Village News

A new service available at the Center is a fall prevention and balance program. Covered by most insurance plans including Medicare, patients are screened to determine their risk for falls. Increased risk factors include age, medical history, medication changes, muscle changes, and a recent injury or surgery. The Biodex Balance SD System technology assists in evaluating patients for balance limitations and helps to determine proper treatment. >>

The Biodex Balance System at Southington Care Center and Jerome Home is making a world of difference.  “Challenging and effective”, that’s what patients are saying about the expanded Balance Testing and Training Program at Southington Care Center and Jerome Home. >>

Florida Seniors Measure their Risk of Falling

May 25, 2011
Central Florida News 13

Fall Risk Screening of seniors with the the Biodex Balance System SD at a local health fair receives high marks. >>

Falls a largely preventable health problem

April 4, 2011
Wisconsinrapidstribune.com

The workshop will consist of a presentation by Riverview's physical therapy staff and individualized balance testing, including our Biodex Balance System Machine. >>