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Title: Are "smart pressure monitored suits" "smarter" than conventional garments in clinical applications?
Authors: Feng, Beibei
Pao, Wing-yi
Wu, Anna
Li, Hercy Chi Kong
Li-Tsang, Wai-ping Cecilia
Keywords: Compression stocking
Pressure therapy
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Hong Kong journal of occupational therapy, Dec. 2013, v. 23, no. 2, p. 82-88 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong journal of occupational therapy 
Abstract: Summary Objective/Background There is still no standardized regime to prescribe pressure garments with quantifiable pressure dosage to patients with different medical conditions. This study aimed to examine the efficacy of a newly developed system [a smart pressure monitored suit (SPMS)] for pressure intervention when compared with the conventional method of pressure garment production (conventional garment or CG). The SPMS is designed with a set of standard methods of measurements and computerized pattern drafting software (YUKA) to adjust the pressure range through computation of the percentage of strain directly on the drafted pattern. The CG was fabricated by occupational therapists in clinical settings.
Methods A selected group of patients who required pressure therapy intervention was recruited through convenience sampling. They were provided with both a SPMS and a CG, each to be worn for 1 month. The interface pressure levels of both garments were measured before the implementation. Patients' feedback was collected using a standardized questionnaire on the comfort of wear, elasticity, and durability of the garments.
Results There was a significant difference in the deterioration of pressure between the SPMSs and the CGs (p < .05) before and after 1 month of wear. The satisfaction on overall efficacy of the SPMSs was significantly higher than that of CGs (p < .05).
Conclusion This standardized system using a SPMS appeared to provide a more accurate and consistent pressure range and long-lasting effect to the patients. It also appeared to be more efficient and effective in terms of production and fabrication.
ISSN: 1569-1861
EISSN: 1876-4398
DOI: 10.1016/j.hkjot.2013.11.002
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Elsevier (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.
The following publication "Feng, B., Pao, W. Y., Wu, A., Li, H. C. K., & Li-Tsang, C. W. P. (2013). Are "smart pressure monitored suits" "smarter" than conventional garments in clinical applications? Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23(2), 82-88" as it appears on Elsevier's ScienceDirect website ( is available at
NOTICE: this is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, VOL 23, ISSUE 2, December 2013 DOI 10.1016/j.hkjot.2013.11.002
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