Maximizing life-space mobility to prevent health decline
In one of Paula Span's recent posts, she featured the work of Dr. Cynthia Brown, an award-winning geriatrician from University of Alabama Birmingham. Brown has been studying the impact of bed-ridden hospital stays on what she calls "life-space mobility." In the simplest terms, the more time that people spend in a hospital bed during admission, the more likely they are to experience declines in post-discharge mobility and health, which puts them at greater risk of readmission.
Brown's study found that during inpatient stays, patients spend over 83% of their time in bed, which means they spend only around 43 minutes walking or standing each day.
The next wave of research and innovation needs to focus on not just quantifying life-space mobility, but also helping clinicians intervene to reduce risk.
At QMedic, we have developed the real-time capabilities to help caregivers and clinicians track activity-, sleep-, and fall-related decline and act accordingly. The opportunities to study intervention efficacy using QMedic's service are limitless. Imagine if we could quantify the impact of psychotropic drug intake and patient co-morbidities on activities of daily living and health decline. From general geriatrics to Parkinson's Disease to congestive heart failure, QMedic can help caregivers quantify life-space mobility more efficiently, which is critical to aiding in interventions.
QMedic's service is particularly well-suited towards free-living, ambulatory populations, whose patterns of movement and decline to this point have been poorly understood. We look forward to working closely with researchers and clinicians to change that.