Are "smart pressure monitored suits" "smarter" than conventional garments in clinical applications?

Beibei Feng, Wing Yi Pao, Anna Wu, Hercy Chi Kong Li, Wai Ping Cecilia Tsang

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Abstract

Objective/Background There is still no standardized regime to prescribe pressure garments with quantifiable pressure dosage to patients with different medical conditions. This study aimed to examine the efficacy of a newly developed system [a smart pressure monitored suit (SPMS)] for pressure intervention when compared with the conventional method of pressure garment production (conventional garment or CG). The SPMS is designed with a set of standard methods of measurements and computerized pattern drafting software (YUKA) to adjust the pressure range through computation of the percentage of strain directly on the drafted pattern. The CG was fabricated by occupational therapists in clinical settings. Methods A selected group of patients who required pressure therapy intervention was recruited through convenience sampling. They were provided with both a SPMS and a CG, each to be worn for 1 month. The interface pressure levels of both garments were measured before the implementation. Patients' feedback was collected using a standardized questionnaire on the comfort of wear, elasticity, and durability of the garments. Results There was a significant difference in the deterioration of pressure between the SPMSs and the CGs (p <.05) before and after 1 month of wear. The satisfaction on overall efficacy of the SPMSs was significantly higher than that of CGs (p <.05). Conclusion This standardized system using a SPMS appeared to provide a more accurate and consistent pressure range and long-lasting effect to the patients. It also appeared to be more efficient and effective in terms of production and fabrication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • compression stocking
  • pressure therapy
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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