Salisbury FES Newsletter

Spring 2003


The New Odstock 2 Channel Stimulator O2CHS II

The New Microstim 2 V2

New research - FES in MS, Parkinsons Disease and Incomplete SCI

The IMPULSE Project- implanted dropped foot stimulator for stroke

Open forum discussion from this year's FES user day meeting

The Review of the use of the ODFS - RIMS Meeting Abstract

Electrical stimulation training following total knee replacement

A simple assessment form for FES treatment

Clinical service


The FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) Newsletter is a biannual publication with the purpose of promoting the clinical use of FES. It is distributed chiefly to clinicians who have attended the Salisbury introductory FES course but also those who have an interest in the field or those we hope may be interested. FES is a means of producing functional movement in paralysed muscles by the application of electrical impulses to the nerves of those muscles. FES is increasingly used in neurological rehabilitation to improve mobility and upper limb function. The most common use is for the correction of dropped foot in hemiplegic gait, an intervention now recommended by the Royal College of Physicians in their publication "National clinical guidelines on stroke".

Life for the FES team in Salisbury continues to get busier and busier as more and more people become interested in the clinical use of FES. We have also had some staff changes. Catherine Johnson is on maternity leave and I am pleased to report Mother and baby Hannah are doing well. Ingrid Wilkinson has joined us for 6 months from Cannock where she hopes to return to start a FES service there. On the technical side Phil has joined Stacy and Wendy to keep the flow of equipment going.

In this addition of the Newsletter we reports on the redesign of the O2CHS and Microstim 2 stimulators. We also report on new research projects and give feed back on past and present projects.

Our annual user day has been set for 5th December and will this year at City Hospital, Birmingham. For the first time this meeting will be co-sponsored by FESnet, the national network for all those interested in FES. As usual there will be reports on the latest developments in clinical FES, case studies and a problem solving workshop. These meetings are a good opportunity to swap experience and meet up with others working in the field. We welcome presentations on any aspect of clinical FES. Please return the form at the end of this newsletter. While you do not have to offer a presentation to come we particularly welcome case studies and reports of clinical experience with FES from all practitioners in the field.

Increasingly we are contacted by people seeking FES treatment and asking if they can obtain it in their area. The Data Protection Act dose not allow us to give out details of the clinicians on our database who have done the FES course and in any case many clinicians may not be in a position to offer treatment. For this reason we are trying to compile a list of clinicians or centres who are able to provide a service (either NHS or private). We would be most grateful if you could complete and return the form at the back of the newsletter.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this newsletter. As always we welcome your feedback and we are pleased to hand on any "good ideas", reports, meeting reviews or adverts that you have through this newsletter. Next addition will be put together in August so please send copy by then. This and all back issues of the Salisbury FES Newsletter are on our web page

Paul Taylor

Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Salisbury District Hospital

Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ

Tel. 01722 429065

Fax. 01722 425263


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