The science behind Zibrio

 
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Have you ever tried standing perfectly still for an entire minute? It’s harder than you think. When you try to stand still, your body is actually making small adjustments to keep upright. The Zibrio SmartScale is very sensitive and measures all these movements, which contribute to your balance score.

 
 

Zibrio’s patented BrioCore technology determines your balance score from dynamic movements of the body during standing, and is based on 15 years of research on astronauts, athletes, and older adults.

BrioCore technology uses center of pressure measurements from a 60 second standing test and applies artificial intelligence to distinguish patterns of stability and instability in the user’s postural control.

The resulting score gives a number out of 10, which is also indicative of fall risk.

 
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Multiple studies, including a 12 month prospective study, have validated both the stability score and the fall risk category:

Falls are now the leading cause of visits to trauma units,

with 28% of adults over 65 years falling each year. The problem is getting worse: deaths from falls increased between 2007-2016.

Current clinical practices of fall risk assessment are insufficient.

Zibrio provides a simple, objective measure of postural stability and fall risk that easily fits into current clinician workflow, and can also be safely used by patients at home to track their balance and encourage healthy behaviors.

  • Zibrio stability score predicts falls up to 12 months

  • It is comparable or better than current practices

  • Zibrio fall risk stratification provides insights for personalized care

Can tracking stability reduce falls?

In one study, senior living residents at one facility had access to Zibrio technology to measure their balance regularly. Most participants chose to measure their balance at least once a month. The residents that measured their balance regularly experienced a 54% reduction in falls from the year before.

This is likely because tracking their balance helped them be motivated to make good choices for their balance, like attending balance exercise classes more regularly. The purpose of the study was to track changes in balance, not to assess fall prevention interventions, so it’s not possible to state the precise reason for the reduction in falls.