Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
The Effectiveness of Electronic Pedometers for Bowel Movements After Abdominal Surgeries for Hernia Repairs and Bowel Obstructions
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL, USA
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
The Effectiveness of Electronic Pedometers for Bowel Movements After Abdominal Surgeries for Hernia Repairs and Bowel Obstructions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520495. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO8720
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520495. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO8720
Abstract

Date Presented 03/28/20

Incisional pain is present after abdominal surgeries. An OT used Fitbit devices as a postoperative tool to collect data on patients’ steps walked until their first bowel movement occurred. Did the Fitbit provide motivation? This pilot study may advance the practice of OT in the acute-care setting as a tool that motivates patients and which may decrease length of hospital stay and improve the patient experience.

Primary Author and Speaker: Michele Richards

Contributing Authors: Jonathan Phillips, Chasen Croft, Colleen Counsell