College of Engineering and Polymer Science
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Bachelor of Science
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Patient post-operative care is essential in attaining positive patient outcomes. To ensure proper blood circulation for recovery and healing is achieved, a patient's mobility is monitored. However, medical professionals aren't always available to continuously monitor patient progress. The clinical need for a medical device to monitor and quantify patient movement automatically is derived and addressed here. By designing a novel device and associated code, an engineering solution to this clinical need can be developed to monitor and improve patient post-operative outcomes in the absence of a medical professional. After completing research on the clinical need and gathering information from stakeholders (stakeholder requirements), engineering requirements were derived to aid in the development of a solution. These engineering requirements guided the development of the designed solution to this clinical need. Boston University's Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care's Basic Mobility Domain was utilized to derive patient mobility scores. Once one brainstormed solution was selected for implementation, prototyping began to create and test it against the engineering requirements and stakeholder requirements. The outcome of this project provides a framework for a novel, wrist-mounted medical device that can collect patient movement data and quantify it with respect to the AM-PAC's Basic Mobility Domain.
B. Audrey Nguyen
Honors Faculty Advisor
Lacey, Owen T.; Magyar-Averin, Alexandria; Ewing, Elena; Elliott, Samuel; and Lazor, Cameron, "Improving the Monitoring of Post-Operative Patient Mobility" (2021). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1309.