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In this article, Sahota et al. (2014) used a Quantitative research study aimed to report on the results of a randomised controlled trial of bed and bedside chair sensors using radio-pagers to reduce inpatient bedside falls in an acute, general medical elderly care ward. The authors used an experimental design to individually randomise patients to receive either a bed and bedside chair pressure sensor linked to a radio-pager or no sensor for the duration of their hospitalisation at Queen's Medical Centre in the UK. 3,929 eligible participants were assessed on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Of them, the 1,839 were randomly allocated to two different groups; the intervention group and the control group. The groups were appeared to be well balanced at baseline for the author with 918 in the intervention group and 921 in the control group. …show more content…

The injuries that occurred during this study were small, including that of bruises, abrasions and lacerations. The intervention group reported 24 minor injuries, whereas the control group resulted in 16. There was also a few major injuries that were sustained throughout both groups which resulted in fractures, but no significant outcomes are differentiating either group concerning this. There was also a total of 120 problems reported with the sensor function and were classified as being de-functioning equipment, pagers which became faulty, and sometimes where working pagers were found unattended. The ethical implications of this study included participants to give written, informed consent. Those who lacked the capacity of doing so were in consult with their MPOA (medical power of attorney) and medical professional, in keeping with the research requirements which were approved by a local Research Ethics Committee. Participants also had the option to withdraw from this study at any

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