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Marshall County Invests In First UV Disinfection Robot

Marshall County Hospital in Benton, Kentucky has added a new member to its environmental services (ES) team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC, short for "total room ultraviolet disinfection," is a UV disinfection robot that uses UVC light energy to kill deadly pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more.

Marshall County Hospital is a Joint Commission (JC) accredited facility with a 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department. The hospital provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient services including home health, digital mammography, CT, lab, physical, speech and occupational therapy, surgery and orthopedics. Since 1964, Marshall County Hospital has been dedicated to the improvement of its facility, services and programs to meet the needs of the community while maintaining a standard of excellence in

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Exoskeleton Allows Disabled Man To Run Again

Martin Jarry was a police officer in Quebec. He coached a youth hockey team. He was used to being active, used to working out, used to being strong. But when Jarry was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis (IBM), he had to do some serious re-evaluating of his activities.

IBM is one of several rare autoimmune muscle diseases that causes severe muscle pain and weakness, difficulty moving and standing, chronic disability, and other symptoms. IBM typically affects muscles of the upper arms and legs and ankles, making it difficult or impossible to climb stairs, and often causing patients to fall. The chronic, debilitating nature of the disease inevitably leads to disability and life in a wheelchair.

Recently, however, Jarry had the chance to remember what life was like before his life was turned upside down by IBM, thanks to the innovative technology of B-Temia’s Dermoskeleton. Wearing thi

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Hospital Makes A Splash: Adaptive Surfing Trip For Patients With Disabilities Set For Long Island

A hospital sponsoring a surfing trip to Long Island for young patients with disabilities gives new meaning to the term “patient care.” The Adaptive Sports Academy at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is enabling young patients with cerebral palsy, an amputation or other physical challenge to participate in athletic activities they never dreamed possible.

The Adaptive Sports Academy organizes trips and recreational experiences for pediatric patients to build their self-confidence, encourage independence, and increase physical activity and mobility. The first adaptive surfing trip is set for Monday, August 14, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Long Beach, on Long Island.

Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports for people with disabilities.

HSS works with trained volunteers from local and national adaptive sports organizations to support patients participating i

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AOTA & ASHA Win Association Industry’s Highest Honor

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) have together earned a 2017 ASAE Power of A Silver Award.

The association community’s highest honor recognizes AOTA and ASHA’s efforts to advocate with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and federal agencies to make changes to the Affordable Care Act’s summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) document.

As a result of this advocacy, the revised SBC and related materials help increase consumers’ health literacy of rehabilitative and habilitative services.

Typically, AOTA and ASHA advocate directly with the federal government. In this case, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury deferred recommendations to the NAIC—leading AOTA and ASHA to establish relationships within the NAIC. The groups advocated successfully for:

The SBC

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