FUSE study

What is the purpose

Decisions about hospitalization are made based on a wide range of factors, including symptoms, medical history, medication use and the assessment of the severity of the illness and the risk of deterioration in the coming days.

Abnormalities in vital signs are measured by comparing them to "normal" measurements in healthy people. These normal values vary from person to person and are influenced by factors such as age, gender, and physical condition. Knowing these values can help physicians understand changes and make a better assessment of disease severity.

Mobility, measured for example by the number of steps, is also considered an important indicator of health. Normal mobility has been shown to be a protective factor. Therefore, it may be useful to assess the number of steps during illness and compare it with values at rest.

More and more people are using devices such as smartwatches and cell phones to measure and record vital signs such as heart rate and number of steps. This can provide valuable information, as can measurements taken at home with blood pressure monitors and saturators. This research focuses on the use of devices such as smartwatches and cell phones themselves as reference points for patient vital signs. Here we are looking at the number of patients using these devices and the difference between values on admission to the hospital and normal values measured by the devices. This can help better assess the patient's health status.

What does the day look like?

The FUSE study day will take place on May 15. At this event, all patients admitted to the emergency room or acute admission department will be approached to participate in the study based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. If patients participate, a short questionnaire is completed with them by the researcher. Part of this includes collecting information regarding number of steps and heart rate from phone or smartwatch. Once the questionnaire is completed, the patient's participation is complete, and the researcher then enters the data into the electronic data management system.