The institute of applied Nursing Science, IPW-FHS, the University of applied Sciences FHS St Gallen, and the Institute of Business Management St Gallen (Switzerland) published first results of a clinical trial performed with the Mobility Monitor.
In a prospective-randomized and controlled study (RCT) in 52 elderly people with dementia, the authors investigated whether a system for mobility monitoring (Mobility Monitor) combined with individual case conferences can improve the sleep quality of older people with cognitive disorders. In addition, it was investigated to what extent this system can reduce the risk of falling and risk of pressure ulcers in these people. The study was conducted from November 2014 to September 2015 in 3 Swiss nursing homes including 11 nursing wards.
In the group with intensive use of the Mobility Monitor, significant improvement in sleep quality (p = 0.0034) and significant reduction in the risk of falling were observed over the entire study period (p = 0.0034). Although improvements in the risk of pressure ulcers could be identified, this was not statistically relevant because of the small test group.
Significance of the study results for nursing practice:
Consistent use of a system for mobility monitoring in combination with individual case conferences under the guidance of advanced nursing staff improves the sleep quality of older dementia patients and reduces the risk of falling in nursing homes.
The data and analyzes provided by the Mobility Monitor enable nursing personnel to develop individual care plans for those affected, to implement them and to check them in their effectiveness.
Here’s the link to read the original article in English: http://rdcu.be/nWec