Taking Some of the Fear Out of Falling

HP_6Falling is a leading cause of injury and death in the elderly. Most fall-detection devices monitor a person’s posture or require a person to push a button to call for help. However, these devices must be worn at all times. A study by Mt. Sinai, NYC researchers. (Mt Sinai J Med1995; 62:293-7.) showed 80 percent of elderly adults who owned call buttons didn’t use the device when they had a serious fall because they weren’t wearing them.

Now, University of Utah electrical engineers Brad Mager and Neal Patwari have constructed a fall-detection system using a two-level array of radio-frequency sensors placed around the perimeter of a room at two heights that correspond to when you are standing or lying down. These sensors are similar to those used in home wireless networks but they can detect when you are falling. The Utah researchers say when linked to a monitoring service is established, the system would automatically call for emergency help without requiring the wearing of a monitoring device. Mager presented the new fall-detection system at the recent Annual Institute of Electrical Engineers International in London. It is not on the market yet.

MobileHelp® introduced a new Automatic Fall Detection Technology and Cellular Base Station at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system includes a pendant, MyHalo, which must be worn. It has an auto fall detect that will trigger an emergency call to a base station. It contains sensors capable of measuring your orientation and three-dimensional motion. If you fall and are incapacitated or unconscious, the pendant will detect the sudden fall and send a signal to MobileHelp’s emergency response center.

Wherever you are in the United States away from home, if you fall or have another emergency, your wearable help button will activate your GPS based cellular mobile device and send your location to the UL listed central station. The operator at the central station knows who you are, where you are and has access to the medical information you provided. In the event you can’t speak, help will be dispatched and loved-ones will be notified. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, MobileHelp services clients in all 50 states. http://www.MobileHelpNow.com.

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