A Battery-less and Wireless Wearable Sensor System for Identifying Bed and Chair Exits in a Pilot Trial in Hospitalized Older People

TitleA Battery-less and Wireless Wearable Sensor System for Identifying Bed and Chair Exits in a Pilot Trial in Hospitalized Older People
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationIn Press
AuthorsRoberto L Shinmoto Torres, R. Visvanathan, D. Abbott, K. Hill, and D. C. Ranasinghe
JournalPLOS ONE
Date Published2017
KeywordsFalls Prevention, Human activity recognition, Wearable sensor, falls, hospitalized older people, wearable RFID
Abstract

Falls in hospitals are common, therefore strategies to minimize the impact of these events in older patients and needs to be examined. In this pilot study, we investigate a movement monitoring sensor system for identifying bed and chair exits using a wireless wearable sensor worn by hospitalized older patients. We developed a movement monitoring sensor system that recognizes bed and chair exits. The system consists of a machine learning based activity classifier and a bed and chair exit recognition process based on an activity score function. Twenty-six patients, aged 71 to 93 years old, hospitalized in the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit participated in the supervised trials. They wore over their attire a battery-less, lightweight and wireless sensor and performed scripted activities such as getting off the bed and chair. We investigated the system performance in recognizing bed and chair exits in hospital rooms where RFID antennas and readers were in place. The system’s acceptability was measured using two surveys with 0{10 likert scales. The first survey measured the change in user perception of the system before and after a trial; the second survey, conducted only at the end of each trial, measured user acceptance of the system based on a multifactor sensor acceptance model. The performance of the system indicated an overall recall of 81:4 %, precision of 66:8 % and F-score of 72:4 % for joint bed and chair exit recognition. Patients demonstrated improved perception of the system after use with overall score change from 7:8 to 9:0 and high acceptance of the system with score ≥ 6:7 for all acceptance factors. The present pilot study suggests the use of wireless wearable sensors is feasible for detecting bed and chair exits in a hospital environment.