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Ambulation monitoring of transtibial amputation subjects with patient activity monitor versus pedometer

Nancy L. Dudek, MD, MEd, et al.

Figure. Schematic of layout of apartment and four tasks performed.

Accurate devices to measure activity levels in patients with a lower-limb amputation can benefit patient care and research. In this study, we found that both the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-700 and the Össur patient activity monitor accurately measure step count during continuous walking in patients with a below-knee amputation. However, these devices were not accurate for measuring step count during short distance walking in a small indoor environment such as an apartment. Therefore, these devices can presently only be recommended for use during relatively continuous walking.

Volume 45 Number 4, 2008
   Pages 577 — 586

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