Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 12

17/12/2014

Can sacral marker approximate centre of mass during slip-fall recovery?

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Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2014, online

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Stability of the body’s centre of mass is essential for maintaining balance. This study was to determine the extent that the COM position derived from the body segmental analysis can be approximated by a single (sacral) marker during regular and perturbed walking. It found that there were detectable differences between the COM and sacral, and that the sacral marker can be used as a simple approximation of body COM for regular walking (and to a lesser extent during perturbed walking).

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Falls among adults aging with disabilities

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Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014, online

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This was a cross-sectional survey to investigate the prevalence of and risk factors for falling among individuals aging with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome and spinal cord injury. It found that people with long term physical disabilities present unique problems that can influence their risk of falls. Therefore falls prevention techniques and management programmes need to be customised for these individuals.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Can stability predict an impending slip-related fall among older adults?

17/12/2014

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2014, online

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The main purpose of this study was to test various types of stability as to whether they could predict falls during normal walking in community-dwelling older adults. Full motion-capture was used in conjunction with safety harnesses to test the various parameters. The study found that few variables could differentiate fallers from non- fallers.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Factors associated with night-falling in older people with hip fractures

17/12/2014

Source: European Geriatric Medicine, 2014, online

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined factors associated with the night-time fall index in a sample of older patients with hip fractures, focusing on the effects of nocturia, which can significantly affect older people. It found that falling on the way to the bathroom, severe nocturia and mobility impairment were independently associated with night-time falls in these patients.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Recognition of gait cycle phases using wearable sensors

17/12/2014

Source: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2014, online

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper looks at the normal cycle of walking and gait using pressure and force measurements to ultimately help predict abnormal walking patterns which could lead to falling.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Diabetes and Falls Prevention: researchers work with seniors

17/12/2014

Source: News America Media

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Date of publication: November 24th 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Researchers in Virginia work with senior citizens to prevent falls risk associated with diabetes.

Length of publication: one page


Kinesis to provide falls prevention service in partnership with Spectrum Health

17/12/2014

Source: Business & Leadership

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Date of publication: 2nd December 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Health services provider Spectrum Health and med-tech start-up Kinesis Health Technologies have entered into a partnership to deliver a falls prevention service in Ireland called Falls Action, the aim of which is to identify individuals at risk of falling and facilitate early and targeted intervention though exercise and chartered physiotherapy.

Length of publication: One page


Manchester researchers develop computer games to prevent falls in the elderly

17/12/2014

Source: University of Manchester

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Date of publication: 24th November 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Computer games developed by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people.

Length of publication: one page


Beams, mats and socks prevent falls in hospital

17/12/2014

Source: Scoop

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Date of publication: 26th November 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The use of a “Falls Prevention toolbox” by the Waikato District Heaslth Board, New Zealand to help reduce falls in elderly patients.

Length of publication: one page


Effect of arm swing on single-step balance recovery

17/12/2014

Source: Human Movement Science, 2014, Vol 38 p. 173-184

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Balance recovery techniques are useful in preventing falls as well as in many sporting activities. Relatively little is known, though, about the effect of arm swing on stepping balance recovery. This study examined how the arms influence kinematic and kinetic characteristics in single-step balance recovery.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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