A leaflet that helps prevent fall injuries has been widely adopted as a lifesaver in the UK.
But now researchers at Queen Mary University of London are hoping to turn the leaflet into a living breathing device for the elderly and people with physical disabilities.
The leaflet, known as ‘Fall prevention’, is designed to help people avoid falling on an easy fall.
The research is based on the findings of the latest Royal College of Emergency Medicine report, published in the Lancet Neurology journal on Thursday.
The study involved more than 300 people aged between 50 and 70 years who had been treated in hospital with a fall injury and their caregivers, and was designed to look at how to improve safety and effectiveness of the device.
Researchers found the most effective way to reduce falls was to use a hand grip with the thumb on the back of the wrist.
A hand grip allows for a safer hand grip, said Dr Joanna Smith, from the University of Sheffield and the Royal College for Emergency Medicine.
“We have found that when the patient is using the hand grip in conjunction with the wrist, it makes the device much more effective,” she said.
“This is because the thumb is closer to the spine and more flexible, allowing it to be more easily supported by the arm.”
The palm of the hand also helps to hold the hand.
“The researchers also found that people who were not wearing a brace or protective clothing could use the device more safely.”
Our study showed that the use of a hand and wrist grip was most effective in people who had not been wearing a safety belt or protective equipment,” Dr Smith said.
The study was led by Professor Simon Williams from the School of Emergency Management at Queen’s University Belfast.”
Professor Williams said the research was the first to show that the hand was the most suitable place to use an intervention device. “
Therefore, the wrist and thumb were considered as the safest places to use the hand- and wrist-grip method.”
Professor Williams said the research was the first to show that the hand was the most suitable place to use an intervention device.
“This device could be used for people with a variety of conditions, including arthritis, as well as people with other physical impairments, such as diabetes,” he added.
“A hand-held device could also be used as a non-invasive tool for people who need to use their hands to perform manual tasks, such in shopping, as a person walking or lifting objects.”
However, we also know that using a hand-handled device can cause injury if used improperly.
We therefore believe that the best way to prevent fall injury is to ensure that a person with a hand injury does not use it as a hand, and only use the wrist grip to protect the wrist.
“The study found the devices most effective were in the hand position, and in the wrist position.
If the wrist is the most vulnerable point, the device was most useful in a person in the grip of a bandaged wrist, where the wrist may be exposed to injury.
It is important that patients do not use the devices as a way of self-protection.
There is no evidence that wearing a hand harness is more effective than the wrist-held fall prevention device, Dr Smith added.