Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 9

16/03/2011

Results of DVD versus written delivery of falls prevention education for older hospitalized patients

09/03/2011

Source: Australian Occupational Therapy, 2010, 57(5), p351-352

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An RCT compared the effectiveness of a DVD with that of a written workbook delivering falls prevention education to older hospital patients found that the delivery of falls prevention education on a DVD is more likely to achieve important changes in parameters likely to affect successful uptake of falls prevention messages in the hospital setting. 

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.


A feasibility study of providing folding commode chairs in patient bathrooms to reduce toilet-related falls in an acute medical-surgical unit

09/03/2011

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality,  2011, 26(1), p61-68

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Nursing staff rated having a folding commode chair in each patient room bathroom, on a scale of 1 to 10.  Study’s conclusion recommends the the provision of a commode chair in each bathroom as an intervention in a multifaceted fall-prevention program.

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.


Fall risk assessment and prevention

08/03/2011

Source: ONCOLOGY Nurse Edition (see publications), 2011, 25(2), p17-22.

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article describes the development of a fall risk assessment and prevention programme for oncology patients at a leading US cancer centre and hospital. It describes the way in which case control studies were used in the development of the falls risk assessment instrument prior to and following piloting and the development of a 1 day day intensive patient safety training programme aimed at staff. The development of a falls prevention program targeted at outpatients is also discussed.

Length of publication: 5 pages


Falls in older hospital inpatients and the effect of cognitive impairment

08/03/2011

Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2011, 20(1-2), p175-183.

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study compared fall rates among older hospital inpatients with and without cognitive impairment using data from three nationwide studies conducted in Germany between 2005 and 2007 (9,246 patients from 37 hospitals). The resulting data showed that cognitively impaired patients were three times more likely to fall than those without cognitive impairment. Other risk factors included higher age, reduced mobility, greater care dependency and being a geriatric ward patient.

Length of publication: 8 pages


Testing the sensitivity, specificity and feasibility of four falls risk assessment tools in a clinical setting

08/03/2011

Source: Journal of Nursing Management, 2011, 19 (1), p133-142.

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study evaluated four separate falls risk assessment tools in a clinical setting involving over 1500 patients. Although use of the tools was found to be reasonably consistent among nursing staff, problems arose regarding their accuracy. The importance of testing instruments is highlighted along with the need for robust staff education and training.

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.


The safe use of ultra low beds

08/03/2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Service, National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publication: 14 February 2011

Publication type: Signal

In a nutshell: This signal highlights potential risk factors associated with the use of ultra low beds based on incidents captured using the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) database.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Tailored prevention of inpatient falls: development and usability testing of the Fall TIPS Toolkit

08/03/2011

Source: CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 2011, 29(2), p93-100.

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article outlines the design and implementation of a prototype Falls toolkit capable of yielding tailored evidence-based care plans and associated information for nursing staff, patients and their carers.

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

08/03/2011

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