Evaluation of comfort in bedridden older adults using an air-cell mattress with an automated turning function: Measurement of parasympathetic activity during night sleep

Megumi Futamura, Junko Sugama, Mayumi Okuwa, Hiromi Sanada, Keiko Tabata

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Abstract

This study objectively evaluated the degree of comfort in bedridden older adults using an air-cell mattress with an automated turning mechanism. The sample included 10 bedridden women with verbal communication difficulties. The high frequency (HF) components of heart rate variability, which reflect parasympathetic nervous activity, were compared for the manual and automated turning periods. No significant differences in the HF component were observed in 5 of the participants. Significant increases in the HF component associated with automated turning were observed in 3 participants; however, the two participants with the lowest body mass index values exhibited a significant reduction in the HF component during the automated turning period. The results revealed that comfort might not be disturbed during the automated turning period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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