UNAIR Students Create Finger Paralysis Therapy Tool

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HAND-Potential, the work of Universitas Airlangga Biomedical Engineering students, help patients with finger paralysis remain independent. (Photo: PKM-KC Doc)

UNAIR NEWS – Have you ever heard of Guillain-Barre Syndrome? It is an autoimmune disease that attacks the peripheral nervous system and causes muscle weakness and paralysis if it has been very severe.

Imagine if someone has paralysis, especially in the fingers. Their daily activities will be very limited, and they can be very dependent on others.

Paralysis causes people with this disease cannot perform daily activities independently, especially due to paralysis that occurs in the fingers. They have difficulty to hold a bottle / glass for drinking, eat, open the door and other activities primarily done with fingers. They have to depend on others.

Biomedical Engineering students, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Airlangga, Aisyah Widayani, Ahmad Nurianto, and Muhammad Amin innovated to make finger-motion instrument based on muscle signal ” Hand-Potential” as a breakthrough for patients Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

THREE students of Universitas Airlangga Biomedical Engineering with their work, “Hand Potential”. (Photo: Doc PKM-KC).

The innovation then written in a proposal as  “Finger Motion Aiding Instrument to Guillain-Barre Patients, ‘ Hand-Potential “. This innovation passed the selection of Student Creativity Program Invention (PKM-KC) category, and it got funding from Kemenristekdikti in PKM 2018.

Described by Aisyah Widayani, as the head of the PKM-KC team, the “Hand-Potential” as muscle signal-based instrument is a breakthrough for post -Guillain-Barre Syndrome patients .

“We hope this tool can support the lives of patients paralyzed in order to do their activities without having to wait for help from others,” said Ais.

In addition, patients who usually have to come to the hospital to do therapy, later no longer need to worry if a physiotherapist is unable to attend. Because with “Hand-Potential” patient can do therapy independently at home.

“Hand-Potential” is an easy and practical innovation of medical instrument, able to improve the patients’ treatment to get well soon without depending on the therapist,” said Muhammad Amin. “This instrument is designed by using a polymer material that is lightweight, so easy to carry anywhere,” added Amin.

In the future, Aisyah’s PKMKC team hoped that this instrument can be utilized by the community, especially those who experience paralysis on their fingers due to  Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The goal is that he can support his daily activities without relying on others.

“We will also publish it in scopus indexed international journals ,” Aisyah Widayani added. (*)

Editor: Bambang Bes


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