Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 3

16/03/2012
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New DH report pushes to improve care and cut admissions for falls

16/03/2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The report from Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society entitled ‘ Breaking Through:Building Better Falls and Fracture Services in England’ says GPs should work with their local authorities and hospitals to improve secondary prevention.  The report was commissioned by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow also recommends several ways in which the NHS can reduce the number of falls and fractures thus improving the lives of many older people and saving the NHS money that can be ploughed into other essential services.

Lenght of publication: 39 pages


Setting a criterion for fall risk screening in the elderly

16/03/2012

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2012, 54(2), p. 370-373

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Date of publication: March-April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study compared two fall risk assessment charts using the healthy elderly people of communities in Japan. Assessment of the potential for falling helps in the screening of elderly people who are believed to be at the highest risk of falling. Further investigation will be required.

Length of publication: 3 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


Research to increase the uptake of elderly falls prevention strategies

16/03/2012

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2011, 42(6), p. 427-430

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Date of publication: Dec 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls prevention strategies and interventions are often easily identified, but not broadly disseminated or used, and are therefore not widely accepted in the community. This article looks into the current model for dissemination and how it can be improved to close the gap between research and practice.

Length of publication: 3 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.


Falls prevention in hospitals: a review of the evidence

16/03/2012

Source: RAND

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This systematic review of the evidence of interventions to prevent falls in hospitals identified a wide variety of tools and evidence-based interventions which may assist in the development of programs to prevent falls in hospitals. Which tools and interventions are suitable for use in individual hospitals must be evaluated in the context of existing approaches, resources, and individual needs. The identified material will be integrated into the AHRQ toolkit as resources to guide fall prevention approaches for hospitals.

Lenght of publication: 96 pages


Rounds with a purpose initiative to reduce falls

16/03/2012

Source: Nursing Management, 2012, 43(1) p. 32-38

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  Purposeful rounding is a strategic way to improve care quality through decreasing falls and  increasing patient satisfaction with nursing services. It ensures scripted intentional patient interactions with patients, each hour, allowing nurses to spend more time with their patients addressing care needs. By increasing care quality, patient satisfaction improves, positively affecting the image of a facility for patients and families.

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.


Can outdoor walking prevent the elderly from falling?

16/03/2012

Source: European Geriatric Medicine, 2012, 3(1), p. 28-32

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Date of publication: Feb 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a pilot study to see if a simple programme of outdoor walking could be implemented. Morbidity and mortality, which are associated with falls in the elderly, can be reduced by physical activity. The researchers plan to test whether this will have an impact on preventing falls as well.

Length of publication: 4 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


Theoretical evidence is not producing practical falls prevention strategies

16/03/2012

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2011, 42(6), p.419-422

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Date of publication: Dec 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is related to the previous post, highlighting the fact that there is plenty of evidence to help promote strategies to prevent falls in older adults, but these are not being translated into changes in public health practice. The gap between theoretical evidence and practical implementation therefore grows ever wider. Public health would greatly benefit from narrowing this gap.

Length of publication: 3 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


Definition of a fall

16/03/2012

Source: ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Earth)

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Date of publication: Feb 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This article asks what a fall actually is, differentiating between falls, slips and trips. Researchers use a certain definition for falls, as does the site, which can differ depending on its cause and the incident itself; does ti count if the victim doesn’t reach the floor? It also ponders whether a definition is even needed, and asks what the information can be used for.

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


Further dissemination

16/03/2012

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