Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 6

15/06/2015

Falls prevention: identification of predictive fall risk factors

15/06/2015

Source: Applied Nursing Research

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Date of publication: 22nd May 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study which aims to provide a detailed review of the literature to identify and synthesize research evidence on risk factors that may contribute to patient falls in the adult inpatient hospital setting that are not captured by current fall risk assessment tools.

Length of publication: 25 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.


USC Davis course helps contractors make homes safer for older adults

15/06/2015

Source: USC News

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Date of publication: May 20th 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A program to assist contractors in designing homes specifically targeted to older adults at risk of falls.

Length of publication: One page

 


Scottish government agrees to boost numbers of specialist physios

15/06/2015

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: May 21st 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: “An amendment to a government motion introduced by Jenny Marra, the shadow cabinet secretary for health, had called on the Scottish government to reverse the decline in the number of band 7 posts.”

Length of publication: One page


Falling: one of the biggest, and most preventable, threats to our lives

15/06/2015

oSource: Northwest Georgia News

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Date of publication: May 21st 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Health care providers are using various strategies to prevent falls by patients.

Length of publication: One page

 


Fun approach to falls prevention

15/06/2015

Source: Parkes Champion-Post

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Date of publication: May 8th 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Staff from the Parkes Health Service dressed up as the 70’s pop icons The Village People when conducting a fall prevention awareness session at the Southern Cross Village.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Program helps seniors age masterfully

15/06/2015

Source: Concord Journal

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Date of publication: May 28th 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A  pilot program overseen by the National and Massachusetts Councils on Aging in which seniors attend a weekly class at the Concord Council on Aging.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


An exercise-based program aimed at reducing falls

15/06/2015

Source: Cootamundra Herald

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Date of publication: May 29th 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A falls prevention program ainmed to increase the access of older people living in rural communities to appropriate fall-safe activities designed to improve their muscle strength, flexibility, balance and fitness.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 

 


Age-related differences in inter-joint coordination during stair walking transitions

15/06/2015

Source: Gait & Posture, 2015, Online

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Using stairs can be difficult and hazardous as locomotor tasks for older people with fall incidents reported frequently. This study looked at inter-joint coordination to provide insights into age-related changes in neuromuscular control of gait that can inform prevention or intervention strategies. The findings suggest that normal aging adults have less independent control of adjacent joints compared to younger adults suggesting they have less flexibility to modulate inter-joints coordination appropriately during stair walking transitions.

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.


Health Promotion Board–Ministry of Health Clinical Practice Guidelines: Falls Prevention among Older Adults Living in the Community

15/06/2015

Source: Singapore Medical Journal

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Date of publication: 2015 May viol. 56 issue 5 298–301

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has developed the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) on Falls Prevention among Older Adults Living in the Community to provide health professionals in Singapore with recommendations for evidence-based assessments and interventions for falls prevention.

Length of publication: three 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.


Falls prevention interventions in older adults with cognitive impairment

15/06/2015

Source: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Date of publication: June 4th 2015 volume 22 issue 6 pps. 289-296

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A critical review which explores the review of material on falls prevention interventions in older adults with cognitive impairment, such as dementia.

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.


Rubber outsole with hybrid surface pattern for preventing icy slips

15/06/2015

Source: Applied Ergonomics, 2015, Vol 51 p. 9-17

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Conventional winter footwear can be effective in preventing slips on icy surfaces, but the protruding studs can also be dangerous and lead to trips instead. A new hybrid rubber outsole containing both rough and smooth parts was designed to provide high slip resistance with any protrusions. Results indicate these were comparable to conventional anti-slip footwear which could contribute to a decrease in fall accidents, but further research is need to confirm effectiveness under a wide range of test conditions.

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.


Can toe-ground footwear margin alter swing-foot ground clearance?

15/06/2015

Source: Gait & Posture, 2015, online

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Greater swing foot-ground clearance is functional for tripping prevention, as trips frequently occur due to the lowest part of the shoe contacting the walking surface. Shoe design effects on swing foot-ground clearance are, therefore, important considerations. Increasing swing ankle dorsiflexion can maximise the space between the ground and the toe, which is effective for tripping prevention. However, further research is needed.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Further Dissemination

15/06/2015

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