Distraction Apron to Reduce Length of Hospital Stay in Patients Requiring Individual Assignment Nursing Cares


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine if the use of a distraction apron will decrease the length of hospital stay in patients with dementia or cognitive impairment.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • Inpatient on the cerebrovascular, general neurology or family medicine SMH services
  • Home address within the state of Minnesota
  • Patient placed on individual assignment due to risk for unintentional harm and identified by nursing as likely requiring greater than 12 hours of individual assignment
  • The patient must have health insurance upon enrollment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individual assignment due to intentional harm
  • Individual assignment due to elopement risk or failure to use the “call light” to get out of a bed or chair
  • Pregnant women

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

James Klaas, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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