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On a portable memory device for physical activities and informations of maternal perception



On a portable memory device for physical activities and informations of maternal perception



Journal of Perinatal Medicine 16(4): 349-356



The condition of patients must be known to attending doctors for adequate management of a disease, particularly of high risk pregnancy. For this, purpose, we have developed a portable computerized disease condition memory device to record the physical activities with maternal perception of fetal movement and uterine condition in daily life, both at home and during work. This device taken out by the patient is a small battery-driven CMOS 8 bit computer system (size: 107 .times. 80 .times. 30 mm, 240 g) and is equipped with push-button switches on the upper side and a mercury switch inside it. The time of maternal perception of fetal movement and uterine contraction are recorded by the patient pressing the corresponding switch. Meanwhile the mercury switch serves as a acceleration sensor and the physical activities were measured by counting ON-OFF actions of the mercury switch caused by her movements. Consequently, the device has recorded physical activities automatically by wearing this unit all day long. The continuously recordable time is more than two weeks. The evaluation about the sensitivity of physical activity measurement has indicated that the mercury switch sensor was well related to the oxygen consumption rate in rest and mild exercise. Using this device to five pregnant women, the data showed the quantitative difference in physical activities between rest in bed and normal home life, and daily changes could be clearly observed. From these results, the physical activities and the condition of the patient in daily life can be followed by this device.

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PMID: 3221293

DOI: 10.1515/jpme.1988.16.4.349


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