Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 7 Issue 12

19/12/2017
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Implementation of the MEDFRAT to decrease falls in community hospital ERs

19/12/2017

Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing, 2017, online

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Date of publication: November 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looked to identify and implement and evidence-based fall-risk assessment tool for use in emergency departments in rural areas. The Memorial Emergency Department Fall-Risk Assessment Tool (MEDFRAT) was programmed into the electronic medical record along with interventions that could be selected for two fall-risk levels. The model was found to be a useful framework in the process of implementing evidence-based changes in a rural population, though ongoing follow-ups will determine if the process results in fewer falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Evaluation of organisational change to reduce fall and other injuries

19/12/2017

Source: Applied Ergonomics, 2018, Volume 68 p. 42-53

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Date of publication: April 2018

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Long term care workers are at significant risk for occupation-related injuries. This study sought to evaluate the implementation process of a participatory change programme to reduce risk. Process evaluation revealed idiosyncratic approaches to recruitment and related challenges of reaching staff. Solutions to prioritized hazards were developed and implemented, despite time challenges. The iterative solution development approach was embraced. Program fidelity was considered good despite early program time demands. Post implementation reports revealed sustained hazard identification and solution development.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Impaired perceived timing of falls in the elderly

19/12/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2018, Vol 59 p. 40-45

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations, with older adults at an increased risk. As humans age, physical changes and health conditions make falls more likely. The body reflexively responds to prevent injury during a fall, though little is known of the perception of this response. Younger and older people were compared for their perceptions of time during a fall: older people’s fall perception was found to be nearly twice as slow. It is possible that such age-related differences in fall perception may relate to increased falls rates in older adults.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Fall risk in women over 50 after distal radius fracture

19/12/2017

Source: Journal of Hand Therapy, 2017, online

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Date of publication: November 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was to determine changes in overall functional status over the first year after a Distal Radial Fracture in women aged 50 years and older. Seventy-eight women were assessed for balance, balance confidence, lower extremity strength, gait speed, fall history, physical activity levels, and self-reported wrist pain and function at intervals after DRF. Groups of participants aged 50-65 years and 65 years and older were compared. Both groups had the same pattern of recovery, though the older group has a lower functional status which can lead to fall risk.

Length of publication: 1 page

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How slippers could help save the NHS £2.3bn a year

19/12/2017

Source: ITV

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Date of publication: 4th December

Publication type: News items

In a nutshell: Doctors at one of Wales’ biggest hospitals are encouraging people to buy well-fitted slippers as gifts for Christmas to prevent their loved ones falling.

Length of publication: One page


Accessible fall prevention interventions for older adults with low vision

19/12/2017

Source: Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 

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Date of publication: Volume 33 iss. 4, October/December 2017, pps. 280–285

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article is to assess fall prevention services and provide information on tailoring interventions for older adults with low vision.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Educating and engaging older adults in the Sure Steps® fall prevention program

19/12/2017

Source: Home Healthcare Now

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Date of publication:  November/December 2017 – Vol. 35 – Iss. 10 – pps.  542–548

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this article is to describe a pilot study that examined the impact of the Sure Steps® Fall Prevention Program on incidence of falls among adults 65 and older living in their home.

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust fined over fall deaths

19/12/2017

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 28 November 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Sital NHS Trust was fined £333,333 after pleading guilty to breachrewsbury and Telford Hosphing the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Length of publication: One  page