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Smart-e-Pants prevent pressure ulcers (bedsores)

Smart-e-Pants now being tested in Alberta hospitals

New technology designed to prevent pressure ulcers for people with spinal cord injury

Smart-e-Pants(Alberta) When Landon Catt broke his neck during motocross racing last summer his whole life changed. “Everything below my shoulders is immobilized. I have some feeling, but no movement,” says the 35-year-old man from Stettler, Alberta. He spent the fall of 2011 in the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, and began to learn one of the major risks to his health is the risk of developing pressure ulcers (bedsores).

“People with reduced mobility, confined to a bed because of illness or dependent on a wheelchair, are at constant risk of developing pressure ulcers,” says Vivian Mushahwar, PhD, an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions senior scholar at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. “These sores often cause infections, and can lead to life-threatening complications and even death.”

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