Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 8

15/08/2014
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BGS – 15th Falls and Postural Stability meeting 2014 8th September

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Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.

Length of publication: 1 page


Pharmacists take a lead in community falls prevention

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Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls prevention service launced by pharmacists has identified at-risk patients and strengthened ties with secondary care teams.

Length of publication: One page

 


Association between orthostatic hypotension and cardiovascular risk, cerebrovascular risk, cognitive decline and falls as well as overall mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Source: Journal of Hypertension

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Date of publication: August 2014 32(8) pps. 1562-71

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to demonstrate how orthostatic hypotension may be an independent predictor of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular risk and all-cause mortality, particularly in a geriatric population.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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.

 


Circumstances of falls in outpatients with Parkinson’s disease

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Source: Geriatric Nursing, online June 2014

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a continuing, disabling and costly problem in Parkinson’s disease. This study looked into people with PD based in the community who had fallen in the past six months, with a view to develop fall prevention programmes.

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.


Hyponatraemia as a fall predictor in a geriatric trauma population

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Source: Injury, online June 2014

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Around one in three older adults fall each year, causing a significant number of traumatic injuries. One hospital trying to develop targeted interventions is looking into hyponatraemia, defined as serum sodium <135meq/L, following the hypothesis that this is associated with falls in their geriatric trauma population. The study found that hyponatraemic patients were more likely to be admitted for a fall when adjusting for age, neurological disorders, and hematologic disorders, and so identification and management should be an integral part of a geriatric trauma fall prevention programme.

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.


Older African Americans suffer from fewer falls

15/08/2014

Source: Futurity

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Date of publication: July 23rd 2014

Publication type: news article

In a nutshell: A new study shows that older African Americans are 24 percent less likely to fall than are whites.

Length of publication: one page

 


Prospective analysis of the risk factors for falls in lymphoma patients

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Source: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2014 online

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked into lymphoma patients receiving chemotherapy, who were followed up by weekly phone contact for six months, or until a fall or death. Gender, stage, revised international prognostic index (R-IPI) and intravenous catheter placement were independent risk factors. Patients with these four risk factors should receive particular attention and fall prevention education to reduce the incident of falls. The R-IPI may be a new predictor of falling in lymphoma patients and may aid in the management of falls.

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.


Reactive stepping behaviour predicts future falls

15/08/2014

Source: Age and Ageing, 2014, online

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A fall occurs when an individual experiences a loss of balance from which they are unable to recover. Assessment of balance recovery ability in older adults may therefore help to identify individuals at risk of falls. The purpose of this 12-month prospective study was to assess whether the ability to recover from a forward loss of balance with a single step across a range of lean magnitudes was predictive of falls.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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.


Elderly participation in daily life with falls prevention after discharge

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Source: Disability and Rehabilitation, 2014, Vol 36 no 10 p.787-796

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis designed to investigate the impact of falls prevention programmes on older adults who are returning home to live after being discharged from hospital. It uses peer-reviewed articles and grey literature to show that falls interventions provided a positive improvement in patients’ participation levels, finding a causal association. The effect size was small, but the study suggests that participation needs to be considered in future falls prevention research.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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.


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