Results: the National Clinical Audit of Falls and Bone Health

06/12/2012

Source: Emergency Medicine Journal, 2012, 29 (10) p. 830-832

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Three audits were carried out over four years looking into falls services across the UK, and showed that falls management and bone health is sub-optimal in emergency departments and minor injury units, and there is an urgent need for more effective assessment and management to prevent further injury.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Fall classification by machine learning using mobile phones

06/12/2012

Source: PLoS ONE, 2012, 7 (5/e36556) p. 1-6

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: With falls being a common source of injury in elderly people and the ability to automatically detect falls allowing rapid responses to potential emergencies, techniques have been developed to reliably detect a fall as well as to automatically classify the type. This study demonstrated technology that enables machines to identify a fall and collect information to quickly classify the type to enable a more rapid response.

Length of publication: 6 pages


Study: trips, not slips, should be focus of falls prevention

06/12/2012

Source: Nursing Times, 19th October 2012

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Canadian researchers have said that care home staff must be aware of potential hazards in the home environment that older people could catch on and trip over, such as chair and table legs. Slipping accounted for just 3% of falls analysed, whereas trips accounted for a quarter. The majority (41%) came from incorrect weight shifting, where the person’s body weight shifted making their centre of gravity outside their base of support.

Length of publication: 1 page

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06/12/2012

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