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Rehabilitation Ambulatory Monitoring

  • J. Macgregor
Part of the Strathclyde Bioengineering Seminars book series (KESE)


Limited mobility is an important aspect of physical handicap and much clinical prosthetic and orthotic effort is expended in improving patients’ ambulatory performance. A system of monitoring is described which provides a permanent record of life-style’ in terms of activity and effort expenditure over 24-hour periods. Precise information is obtained on distance travelled, frequency distribution of steps with cadence, etc. Of particular value is a derived measure of ‘physiological cost’ of each element of activity based on interval analysis of ECG waveforms throughout the day and related to distance travelled. The system enables the clinical team to consider an objective measure of physical handicap pertinent to the home environment and to observe variations in performance as a result of modification to prosthetic or orthotic prescription.


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