Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 4

21/04/2016
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Experimental identification of potential falls in older adult hospital patients

21/04/2016

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2016, online

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patient falls within hospitals are mainly preventable, but are a serious source of incidents among older patients. This study seeks to identify possible extrinsic or situational factors related to falls, which is lacking in literature, such as patient motions, environmental design factors in bathrooms, and clinician zones in a patient’s room. Results suggest that only motion-related factors contribute significantly to falls in the bathroom, whereas only pushing and pulling contribute in the clinician zone. Future work includes updating environmental design factors associated with these motions in a patient’s room and performing motion capture experiments using the new setup.

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.


Recurrent falls in Parkinson’s disease after one year of follow-up

21/04/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 65 p. 17-24

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Date of publication: July-August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aims of this study were to compare clinical and fall characteristics of single and recurrent falls among persons with PD and to evaluate factors associated with recurrent falls. People in the study were given a fall diary to write characteristics of the fall, and occurrence of falls was noted during one year. The results of this study could be used in selection of persons with PD to enrol in fall prevention programs.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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College film-makers produce ‘falls’ movie

21/04/2016

Source: Pendle Today

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Date of publication: 16 March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  Year 2 BTEC Photography and Media students have commissioned a film to try and reduce the number of elderly people suffering falls.

Length of publication: One page


Aged care residents the ‘poor cousins’ in falls research

21/04/2016

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda

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Date of publication: 18 March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  Dr Frances Batchelor, deputy director of health promotions and stream leader for falls and balance at the National Ageing Research Institute, believes that not enough research is done in residential aged care to truly understand falls, their causes and to evaluate a range of interventions.

Length of publication: One page


‘Stepping on’ and preventing falls

21/04/2016

Source: The Star

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Date of publication: 19th March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  ‘Stepping On’ is a falls prevention initiative developed by Australian public health researcher Dr. Lindy Clemson.  The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging the Centers for Disease Control hope that running this course will help reduce falls in their community.

Length of publication: One page