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Nuritdinow T, Holzschuh J, Keppler A, Lederer C, Boecker W, Kammerlander C, Daumer M, Fuermetz J

Capturing objective data of the postoperative changes in the mobility of patients is expected to generate a better understanding of the effect of postoperative treatment. Until recently, the collection of gait-related data was limited to controlled clinical environments. The emergence of accurate wearable accelerometers with sufficient runtime, however, enables the long-term measurement and extraction of mobility parameters, such as “real-world walking speed”. An interim analysis of 1967 hours of actibelt data (3D accelerometer, 100 Hz) from 5 patients (planned total 20) with a femur fracture and 5 patients (planned total 20) with a humerus fracture from a geriatric population at two different sites of the university hospital of the Ludwigs-Maximilian-University in Munich was performed. Mobility data was captured during several days of stationary treatment starting directly after surgery and during a short follow-up visit six weeks after the surgery. Preliminary results show an increase of the mean walking speed between the two visits independent of the type of fracture. Patients with a humerus fracture tended to walk faster than patients with a femur fracture during both visits. The data also reveals an unexpected low level of mobility during the stationary stay. Mobile accelerometry can be used to evaluate different postoperative mobilisation strategies and even provide near-time feedback in geriatric trauma patients.