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A Pilot Study Testing a Fall Prevention Intervention for Older Adults: Determining the Feasibility of a Five-Sensor Motion Detection System.
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PMID:  22148356     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Interventions to prevent hospital-based falls in older adults are critically important to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. The purpose of this pilot study was to test the accuracy and acceptability of a wireless five-sensor motion detection system (5S-MDS) for detecting falls. Wearable motion sensors, which measure and integrate movement in space, may identify human movement patterns that immediately precede falls, thus allowing prevention. However, sensors must be accurate, and older adults must find wearable sensors acceptable. This descriptive feasibility study recruited 5 healthy older adults (mean age = 69.6) who wore the 5S-MDS while performing 35 movement scenarios. All participants agreed the sensors were acceptable, and skin integrity was maintained for all. The 5S-MDS accurately reflected the patients' movements and was found acceptable to the older adults; thus, the 5S-MDS has potential as an early warning system for falls.
Marisa Ferrari; Barbara Harrison; Osamah Rawashdeh; Muawea Rawashdeh; Robert Hammond; Michael Maddens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0098-9134     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510258     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-4     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 2011, SLACK Incorporated.
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