Utilizing a Structured Communication Tool as a Method to Decrease Patient Falls Save

Date Added
October 31st, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00080596
Researcher
Georgina Lucas

List of Studies

Keywords
Aging, Bone, Geriatrics, Inflammation, Joint, Pain, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Studies, Surgery
Summary

This study seeks to identify the impact of structured communication between Registered nurses (RNs) and Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) to decrease the fall rate and number of injurious falls on a Medical-Surgical unit. A seven item tool addressing fall risks (pocket card) will be utilized to communicate fall risks on admission, at hand off of care, and every 4 hrs.

Institution
Palmetto
Recruitment Contact
Carol Tuten
803-665-4234
carol.tuten@palmettohealth.org

Mitigating Injurious Falls in Older Adults Through Fall and Gait Analysis From Floor Vibrations Save

Date Added
October 24th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00082741
Researcher
Victor Hirth

List of Studies

Keywords
Geriatrics
Summary

Falls are extremely common. For persons over the age of 65, 25% will fall in any given year. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly. Risk factors for falling include previous history of falling, gait and balance difficulties, lower extremity weakness, cognitive dysfunction, peripheral neuropathy and other conditions. Many non-injurious falls go unreported but they present a significant risk factor for the identification of individuals at risk for subsequent falls. We propose a small installation (less than 10 units) of our fall detection system at Still Hopes retirement community and track both reported falls as well as falls as detected by our system. We will use this data for validation of our system. Gait is felt to be the equivalent of the "next vital sign," as it predicts health care utilization, hospitalization and poor outcomes particularly when the gait speed is slow and declining. Part of our project is also to develop the capabilities to measure gait speed in the home environment.

Institution
Palmetto
Recruitment Contact
Victor Hirth
(803) 434-1210
victor.hirth@palmettohealth.org

Immune response to pneumococcal vaccination in aging renal transplant recipients Save

Date Added
June 19th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00077548
Researcher
Maria anna Westerink

List of Studies

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Keywords
Aging, Diabetes, Geriatrics, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure, Immune System, Kidney, Transplant, Vaccine
Summary

We will study how well the relatively new FDA approved pneumonia vaccine can protect older renal transplant recipients against pneumococcal illness. We will specifically study the group of renal transplants in whom the cause of renal failure was either diabetes mellitus II and/or hyoertension. We will compare the findings against those we find in younger renal transplant recipients, older healthy individuals and older persons with diabetes but normal kidney function. Healthy younger individuals will serve as controls for optimal vaccine response.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Myroslawa Happe
843-792-2218
soloshch@musc.edu

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for modulation of postural control in progressive supranuclear palsy Save

Date Added
April 17th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00076691
Researcher
Marian Dale

List of Studies

Keywords
Central Nervous System, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Nervous System, Rare Diseases, Rehabilitation Studies
Summary

This research studies the effects of brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation, or "TMS") on balance in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The purpose of this research is to look for improvements in balance when subjects are on a tilting platform after stimulating the brain with a magnetic wand held over the scalp over an area at the back of the brain called the cerebellum. Participants will receive both active and inactive stimulation during the course of the study. There is no surgery involved. There are also optional portions of the study that include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRIs) and speaking samples.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Shonna Fletes
843-792-9115
jenkisho@musc.edu

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