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III. REGIONAL ANESTHESIA Using Activity Trackers to Quantify Postpartum Ambulation

A Prospective Observational Study of Ambulation After Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Interventions

Ma, J.; Martin, R.; Chan, B.; Gofeld, M.; Geary, M.P.; Laffey, J.G.; Abdallah, F.W.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000547326.17343.99
Anesthesia and Analgesia: Regional Anesthesia

(Anesthesiology. 2018;128:598–608)

Early ambulation can improve outcomes in surgical patients and is an important component of enhanced recovery. However, there is a lack of evidence on the ideal approach for evaluating early ambulation. Real-time quantification of ambulation is important, as most tools used to collect activity information are influenced by recall bias. This prospective observational study explored the feasibility of the use of activity fitness trackers in objectively quantifying ambulation, hypothesizing that in the 24 hours after delivery, vaginal delivery patients would have greater ambulation than cesarean delivery patients.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael’s Hospital; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

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