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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2004 Jun;(423):235-9.

Efficacy of a new pressure-sensitive alarm for clinical use in orthopaedics.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD, USA.


The current study evaluated a new pressure alarm and compared the ability of subjects to limit weightbearing to 20 lb with and without the alarm. The 28 subjects were divided into four groups (Group 1, n = 7, mean age, 33 years, with normal sensation; Group 2, n = 7, mean age, 59 years, with normal sensation; Group 3, n = 6, mean age, 56 years, without protective lower limb sensation, and Group 4, n = 8, mean age, 39 years, with transtibial amputation). All subjects were instructed in partial weightbearing ambulation and then practiced weight shifting onto a scale set at 20 lb for 2 minutes. Average peak force was measured using the F-scan in-shoe sensor while subjects ambulated in two trials: one with a deactivated pressure alarm and the other with an activated alarm. Data were analyzed using two-tailed t tests. In Groups 1, 2, and 4, significantly lower average peak force with the activated alarm versus deactivated alarm occurred in 43%, 86%, and 100% of subjects, respectively. Weightbearing was limited to less than 20 lb with the activated alarm in 86%, 57%, 33%, and 38% of subjects versus 71%, 14%, 0%, and 0% of subjects with the deactivated alarm, respectively.

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