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Wireless sensor system tests for falls risk

September 25, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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The standard "Timed Up and Go" (TUG) test for seniors is going high-tech. An Ireland-based startup company, Kinesis Health Technologies, has developed a wireless device that allows a healthcare provider to measure a person's mobility and assess falls risk.

Called QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go), the system uses small wireless sensors that are strapped to a person's legs. Using Bluetooth technology, these sensors transmit to a touchscreen tablet computer walking data including speed and shifts in weight and can therefore provide a quantitative assessment of mobility and falls risk.

Such data also are compared with a reference population based on age and gender and stored so that any deterioration of a person's gait or balance over time can be noted.