Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 9

16/09/2015

A novel approach to physical inactivity in older age

16/09/2015

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2015, Volume 2 p. 595-597

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Date of publication: July 2015 (online)

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Well-designed exercise can prevent falls in older people but according to previous research, general physical activity may increase falls. This study evaluated uptake and adherence to a physical activity promotion and falls prevention intervention among older people in the community, aged over 60 years.

Length of publication: 3 pages


Elderly fall patients triaged to the trauma bay

16/09/2015

Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015, online

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a retrospective study looking into falls in the elderly as being a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, to better categorise the patient population and describe factors contributing to their falling. It was carried out at a community trauma centre in geriatric patients who had been triaged to the trauma bay between 2005 and 2013, researching intake paperwork to assess the fall and discharge summaries to determine outcomes. It concluded most severe injuries occur at home, and so prevention measures should be aimed at this setting. Very elderly patients may be at increased risk for intracranial fall-related injuries.

Length of publication: 18 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 use of ICT for falls prevention, detection and monitoring- call for case studies

16/09/2015

Source: Prevention of Falls Network Earth

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: ProFouND, the EC-funded initiative dedicated to bringing about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe, is looking for case studies from across the UK on peoples’ experiences of using information and ICT-based technologies for falls prediction, detection and prevention in practice. They want to know about technologies used and who they are manufactured by. These can include call alarm systems, bed alarms and even Wii or Kinect games systems – how have patients/older people got on with using the technology?

Length of publication: 1 page


Leisure-Time Physical Activity, Falls, and Fall Injuries in Middle-Aged Adults

16/09/2015

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2015, online

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Exercise and strength training has been shown to protect older adults, aged 65+, against falls, but evidence is lacking for the role of physical activity during leisure time for middle-aged adults. This means falls tend to be more prevalent and are more likely to result in injury. This study investigated the association between self-reported engagement in leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and the frequency of falls and fall-related injuries in middle-aged and older adults.

Length of publication: 1 page


Regular exercise classes help combat loneliness and old age

16/09/2015

Source: Mancunian Matters

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Date of publication: 26th August 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Forty-five minute falls prevention exercise classes help improve steadiness as well as boost confidence and independence.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Joint commission tool designed to stop patients from falling down

16/09/2015

Source: H&HN

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Date of publication: 15th August 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare releases new set of strategies to help health care organizations reduce one of the field’s most persistent patient safety issues.

Length of publication: One page

 


Taking appropriate precautions against falls

16/09/2015

Source: American Nurse Today

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Date of publication: July 2015 Vol. 10 No. 7  pps. 32-33.

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An article which summarizes recommendations regarding key fall precautions for patients under the direct care of registered nurses in acute or long-term settings.

Length of publication: 2 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.

 

 


Goldilocks, slip resistance and the wicked problem of falls prevention

16/09/2015

Source: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne

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Date of publication: 9-14 August 2015

Publication type: Conference paper

In a nutshell: Politicians, health care professionals and falls experts need to take a holistic perspective of falls prevention, to recognise the limitations that exist in many areas, and to be wary of over-reliance on orthodox views that may need revision.

Length of publication: 8 pages


Understanding audit and feedback to support falls prevention and pain management in home health care

16/09/2015

Source: Home Health Care Management & Practice

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Date of publication: 18 August 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article explores audit and feedbak as a strategy to support evidence-based care for falls prevention and pain management.

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.


Fire district hires community resource specialist with focus on falls prevention

16/09/2015

Source: My Edmonds News

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Date of publication: 1st September 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A Canadian fire district has hired a community resource specialist, focusing on emergency medical services prevention and education programmes.

Length of publication: One page


Perceptions related to falls and fall prevention among hospitalized adults

16/09/2015

Source: American Journal of Critical Care

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Date of publication: September 2015 vol. 24 no. 5 pps. e78-e85

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article explores hospitalized adults’ perceptions related to risk for falling, fear of falling, expectations of outcomes of falling, and intention to engage in behaviors to prevent 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.

 


Further dissemination

16/09/2015

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