suitX, a California-based innovator in exoskeleton technologies, launched a novel wearable exoskeleton, shield, for healthcare personnel required to wear heavy anti-radiation aprons. shieldX removes 100% of the weight of a heavy anti-radiation apron from the user’s shoulders and spine. shieldX aims to reduce neck and back injuries linked to these heavy aprons that are shortening careers and limiting activities outside of work.
Dr. Wayne Tung, Chief Technology Officer suitX, said: “For years we have refined how to remove injurious forces off a person’s joints through our industrial exoskeleton products, and we are very excited to bring this effective technology to the healthcare market. shieldX is a game-changer; it provides a better quality of work for physicians and healthcare personnel who are wearing heavy anti-radiation clothing.”
shieldX eliminates spinal loading by transferring the entire apron weight from the shoulders to the buttocks and hips. For long procedures, a breathable mesh lumbar support promotes healthy standing posture and prevents the device from slipping over time. shieldX incorporates adjustable height, fitting up to 6’3″ tall users. It has a flexible hip frame that conforms to 28″- 60″ waist. Additionally, shieldX has removable textile for hygiene. With no training needed, shieldX can be put on and taken off in less than 10 seconds. Additionally, fan accessory cycle’s cool air across the user’s back, neck, and upper arms to reduce any thermal discomfort often inherent in the use of heavy personal protective aprons.
Dr. Logan Van Engelhoven, Research scientist in charge of the shieldX product, suitX, said: “We want this device to work for everyone. Our focus is on user comfort and practicality in the healthcare environment,” adds, “The goal is to have a big impact in reducing the risk of long-term work-related injuries among healthcare personnel wearing heavy anti-radiation aprons.”