Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 10

15/10/2015
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Effects of agricultural quad bike driving on postural control

15/10/2015

Source: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2015, online

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Date of publication: August 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Driving a quad bike in a rural occupational setting is likely to expose the driver to various physical stimuli including whole-body vibration (WBV). These exposures may be linked to post-driving postural alterations which in turn could lead to an increased risk of spinal injury while undertaking manual material handling activities immediately following driving or falls while exiting from a vehicle. The findings will inform ergonomists about the potential risk involved in carrying out physically demanding occupational tasks following vehicle driving. This putative situation could be prevented by adopting behavioural strategies by drivers, and engineered interventions designed to reduce WBV exposure.

Length of publication: 1 page

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TUMBLES falls prevention booklet

15/10/2015

Source: Profound

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: A booklet in Essex has been designed to support patients with self-help information on how to reduce their risk of falling as well as in care homes where staff can rethink how and why residents fall and look into changes to the environment to reduce falls risk.

Length of publication: 1 page


Factors contributing to falls in older adults and nursing implications

15/10/2015

Source: Geriatric Nursing, 2015, online

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a common cause of serious injury and death in the older adult population, associated with multiple risks such as age, history of falls, impaired mobility, balance and gait problems, and medications. Sensory and environmental factors as well as the fear of falling may also increase the risk of falls. This article reviews current best practice on screening fall risks and fear of falling, fall prevention strategies, and fall prevention resources to assist gerontological nurses in reducing falls by their older adult clients.

Length of publication: 10 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.


The epidemiology of fractures in infants – Which accidents are preventable?

15/10/2015

Source: Injury, 2015, online

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Date of Publication: September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In children, fractures have a huge impact on the health care system. In order to develop effective prevention strategies exact knowledge about the epidemiology of fractures is mandatory. This study aims to describe clinical and epidemiological data of fractures diagnosed in infants. Falls from the changing table, the arms of the caregivers and out of bed caused the majority of fractures (especially skull fracture) in infants. Therefore, awareness campaigns and prevention strategies should focus on these mechanisms of accident in order to decrease the rate of fractures in infants.

Length of Publication: 4 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.


Vitamin D supplementation and fall prevention in the elderly

15/10/2015

Source: Pharmacy Times

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Date of publication: 14th September 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  An article which explores the role of vitimin D in preventing falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Hospital offers tips for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

15/10/2015

Source: The Grand Island Independent

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Date of publication: 22nd September 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Nebraska hospital CHI Health St. Francis joined forces with the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Coalition and the Falls Free Coalition to offer tips for falls prevention in preperation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Wednesday 23rd September.

Length of publication: One page

 


Beauty is a balancing act – new study brings falls-prevention education to NC hair salons

15/10/2015

Source: UNC

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Date of publication: 17th September 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The NC Gillings School of Global Public Health is bringing fall-prevention awareness to beauty salons in an effort to target older adults.

Length of publication: One page

 


Strength or power, which is more important to prevent slip-related falls?

15/10/2015

Source: Human Movement Science, 2015, Vol 44  p. 192-200

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Date of publication: December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Both muscle strength and muscle power have been related to falls in older adults, and this study aimed to identify which is more important in preventing slip-related falls. Younger adults were chosen to participate in the study. Findings suggested that power could be more closely related to a slip fall. The findings could be used to provide guidance to identify individuals at increased risk of falling and design effective prevention training paradigms aimed at maximising muscle power among older adults and those with disabilities.

Length of publication: 8 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.


Economic evaluation of a falls prevention exercise program among people with Parkinson’s disease

15/10/2015

Source: Movement Disorders

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Date of publication: 23rd September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study determines the cost-effectiveness of a 6-month minimally supervised exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease.

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.

 

 


Identifying falling hazards in older adult homes using digital photography

15/10/2015

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2015, Vol 2 p. 794-797

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Date of publication: 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Evaluation and removal of home hazards is an invaluable method for preventing in-home falls and preserving independent living. Current processes for conducting home hazard assessments are impractical from a whole population standpoint given the substantial resources required for implementation. Digital photography offers an opportunity to remotely evaluate an environment for falling hazards.  However, reliability of this method has only been tested under the direction of skilled therapists. This study showed that non-therapists can reliably conduct home hazard evaluations using digital photographs.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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15/10/2015

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