Characterisation of accelerometer on an ambulatory patient monitoringdevice for fall detection

P Catherwood, M Hiepp, JAD McLaughlin

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This paper reports on the results of research undertaken to develop a wearable ambulatory fall detector with integrated vitalsigns by implementing a novel algorithm onto a newly CE approved wireless vitalsigns monitor. An ambulatory monitor that alarms on fall events is of clear benefit to the elderly, infirm or those living independently; to enhance their health, sense of safety and wellness. Results show that during laboratory testing, movements categorised as ‘activities of daily living’ (ADL) were detected with around 90% accuracy and falls detected with 100% accuracy, with all data being independently verified using 2 alternative technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherIrish Software Innovation Network
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 13 Oct 2010
EventIntel European Research and Innovation Conference - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 Oct 2010 → …


ConferenceIntel European Research and Innovation Conference
Period13/10/10 → …

Bibliographical note

Reference text: [1] P Catherwood, et al. ECG Motion Artefact Reduction
Improvements of a Chest-based Wireless Patient
Monitoring System. CinC2010, 26/9/10–29/9/10.
2] R. Harper, P.A. Catherwood, et al. Evaluation of
a CE Approved Ambulatory Patient Monitoring Device
in a General Medical Ward. Engineering in Medicine
and Biology Conference, 31/8/10 – 4/9/10.


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