Andrew, NE and Wang, Y and Teo, K and Callisaya, ML and Moran, C and Snowdon, DA and Ellmers, S and Beare, R and Richardson, D and Srikanth, V, Exploring patterns of personal alarm system use and impacts on outcomes, Australasian Journal on Ageing Article online ahead of print. ISSN 1440-6381 (2021) [Refereed Article]
Objectives: To describe the patterns of personal emergency response systems (PERS) use in a statewide cohort of older Australians.
Methods: PERS data from clients enrolled in the Personal Alarm Victoria program between January 2014 and June 2017 were analysed. Alarm activation reasons were extracted, and a medical record audit was performed for a sub-cohort of patients admitted to a local hospital following an alarm event. Descriptive statistics were used.
Results: There were 42,180 clients enrolled during the study (mean age 80 years, 80% female, 93% living alone). An ambulance attended 44% of the fall-related events and 81% of events coded as unwell. Activation reasons were distributed equally between a fall and feeling unwell, and a repeating pattern of activation reasons was observed. In our sub-cohort (n = 92), the majority of admissions (86%) followed an alarm activation coded as unwell.
Conclusion: We demonstrated recurring patterns associated with the reasons for alarm use.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||aging, emergencies, falls, personal emergency response systems|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Clinical sciences|
|Research Field:||Emergency medicine|
|Objective Group:||Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)|
|Objective Field:||Health related to ageing|
|UTAS Author:||Callisaya, ML (Dr Michele Callisaya)|
|UTAS Author:||Srikanth, V (Dr Velandai Srikanth)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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