Study: trips, not slips, should be focus of falls prevention

Source: Nursing Times, 19th October 2012

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Canadian researchers have said that care home staff must be aware of potential hazards in the home environment that older people could catch on and trip over, such as chair and table legs. Slipping accounted for just 3% of falls analysed, whereas trips accounted for a quarter. The majority (41%) came from incorrect weight shifting, where the person’s body weight shifted making their centre of gravity outside their base of support.

Length of publication: 1 page

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