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Exploring patterns of personal alarm system use and impacts on outcomes

Andrew, NE, Wang, Y, Teo, K, Callisaya, ML ORCID: 0000-0003-2122-1622, Moran, C, Snowdon, DA, Ellmers, S, Beare, R, Richardson, D and Srikanth, V 2021 , 'Exploring patterns of personal alarm system use and impacts on outcomes' , Australasian Journal on Ageing , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12941.

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Objectives: To describe the patterns of personal emergency response systems (PERS) use in a statewide cohort of older Australians.Methods: PERS data from clients enrolled in the Personal Alarm Victoria program between January 2014 and June 2017 were analysed. Alarm activation reasons were extracted, and a medical record audit was performed for a sub-cohort of patients admitted to a local hospital following an alarm event. Descriptive statistics were used.Results: There were 42,180 clients enrolled during the study (mean age 80 years, 80% female, 93% living alone). An ambulance attended 44% of the fall-related events and 81% of events coded as unwell. Activation reasons were distributed equally between a fall and feeling unwell, and a repeating pattern of activation reasons was observed. In our sub-cohort (n = 92), the majority of admissions (86%) followed an alarm activation coded as unwell.Conclusion: We demonstrated recurring patterns associated with the reasons for alarm use.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Andrew, NE and Wang, Y and Teo, K and Callisaya, ML and Moran, C and Snowdon, DA and Ellmers, S and Beare, R and Richardson, D and Srikanth, V
Keywords: aging, emergencies, falls, personal emergency response systems
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12941
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