Clinical consistency of vibration sense testing: Development of a manikin great toe with embedded accelerometer for testing and training

Horsfield, I. and Levy, A. (2014) Clinical consistency of vibration sense testing: Development of a manikin great toe with embedded accelerometer for testing and training. Diabetic Foot Journal, 17 (2). pp. 56-63. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29361

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Abstract/Description

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral nerve damage and vibration perception is the first sensory modality affected. A standard tuning fork remains the most widely used tool for assessing vibration perception in clinical practice, however inter-operator differences in the use of this tool vary widely. The authors developed a toe manikin capable of reporting the waveform and intensity of vibration imparted to its surface. Using the manikin, the consistency of vibration applied by a group of doctors using a standard 128-Hz tuning fork, with that delivered by the same operator using VibraTip® (McCallan Medical), were compared. Despite differences in technique, the waveform generated with VibraTip was more consistent than that of the tuning fork. With both devices, however, there was considerable intra-operator variability in recorded amplitude and frequency of vibration. By providing instant feedback, the manikin toe serves as a useful training device to encourage consistency of vibration sense testing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:vibration sense testing, toe, accelerometer
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:29361
Deposited By: B. Jones
Deposited On:11 Jul 2016 09:10
Last Modified:11 Jul 2016 09:11

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