Michele Richards, Jonathan Phillips, Chasen Croft, Colleen Counsell; The Effectiveness of Electronic Pedometers for Bowel Movements After Abdominal Surgeries for Hernia Repairs and Bowel Obstructions. Am J Occup Ther 2020;74(4_Supplement_1):7411520495. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO8720
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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
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