Technology helps ‘locked-in’ stroke patient communicate
U.S. News & World Report - 10/08/2014
People who’ve had severe strokes and have a condition called “locked-in” syndrome may benefit from a new technology that allows them to communicate with the outside world, according to new research.
The new study reports on a male stroke patient with locked-in syndrome who was paralyzed and could not communicate. With the new “brain-computer interface” he was able to spell out messages to hospital staff and his family, and even respond to questions.
There are caveats. This technology is expensive — about $10,000 a unit. Plus, it will be costly to train medical workers and family members to use it with a patient.