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Frailty and Falls Implantable System for Prediction and Prevention

This project, funded by EIT Health, will show that an implantable system can provide real time solutions for early falls detection and prevention.

Origins

Falls are the most common reason for older adults to attend emergency departments. New mechanisms are needed to monitor early risk factors: to advance prevention and management of these conditions; and to improve healthcare and support independent living. Implantable devices are new to this market and have limited capabilities. The FFallS predictor device will monitor a wide range of factors to create a better profile of what triggers a fall.

The Project

This project, funded through EIT Health, will seek to improve frailty and falls prediction by further developing an implantable monitoring device.

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, mostly at home. Falls are the most preventable cause of requiring admission to care facilities. If preventive measures are not taken in the immediate future, the numbers of injuries caused by falls is projected to be 100% higher in the year 2030, with the healthcare associated costs projected to double by the year 2050.

This project will mature and refine untapped capabilities (such as posture and gait assessment) of an implantable monitoring device for detection of frailty and falls risk, and compare it to standard clinical assessments. Project partners will develop clinical algorithms to help manage, treat and prevent frailty and falls. The device will aim to improve healthcare monitoring systems and improve understanding of the triggers associated with falls.

Trinity Trinity runs the largest falls and syncope facility in Europe and is collaborating on this project with Medtronic and The University of Copenhagen.

Impact

Falls and frailty carry a significant healthcare and social care cost, and significantly impact on quality of life and independent living. By providing an improved system for monitoring early risk factors for falls and frailty, this project will advance treatment and management of these conditions, thereby preventing loss of function, improve quality of life, and supporting active ageing and independent living. Patients, their families, the healthcare system and society will benefit.