NHS opens UK's first specialised dance injury clinic
An NHS rehabilitation clinic which specialises in treating dance injuries has opened in London, BBC News is reporting.
According to the news site, the dance injury clinic is the first of its kind in the UK and is part of a new organisation; the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.
If the London-based facility proves to be a success, there are hopes that more could be opened up across the UK, in cities such as Birmingham.
Not only will the clinic provide vital injury rehabilitation services specifically for dancers, it will also carry out research into dance injuries and the possible options for treatment and prevention.
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According to the UK’s professional dance organisation, Dance UK, every year approximately 80 percent of dancers sustain some sort of injury.
BBC Newsreports that those who are a part of a dance company might have access to private healthcare and injury rehabilitation services, but others have to rely on NHS services, which, until now, have been limited.
The clinic is being supported by a number of professional dancers, particularly those who have suffered a career-ending injury.
They believe the NHS facility will be immensely popular with dancers, especially with freelance dancers, as suggested by the BBC.
The dance injury clinic will be based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London.
One of the specialists in charge of running the clinic is Dr Roger Wolman, who told BBC News there are some injuries that are almost unique to dancers.
“You don't see them elsewhere - in that situation a specialist clinic will be able to pick those injuries up very, very quickly and get them the right treatment,” he said.
It is hoped the new service will bring the treatment of dance injuries in the UK more in line with other countries and cities across the world.
For example, similar dedicated dance rehab services have been available to injured dancers for about 20 years in New York.
Like the dance injury clinic, the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is a relatively new concept in the UK.
Supported by two UK universities and a number of professional dance organisations, it is aiming to create an international centre of excellence with a particular expertise in the treatment and prevention of dance injuries.
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Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.