Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 4

16/04/2012
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Medications, polypharmacy and falls: what you need to know

16/04/2012

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website article

In  a nutshell: This article continues the theme of querying whether multiple medicines increase the risk of falling, but this time questions whether it is the medicine for the conditions or indeed the medical conditions themselves that are more likely to be responsible for the increased falls risk. It also links to other articles which provide more information including interventions in practice and a list of online resources for this topic.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for full text of any of the links. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Creating a protocol to reduce inpatient falls

16/04/2012

Source: Nursing Times 16 March 2012

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Hospitals have been urged to collect baseline measurements when planning service improvements for falls. This can be used to assess the service improvement by analysing  the rate of falls per 1000 occupied bed days, which can then be tested for statistical significance.

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. This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens. For more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Investigating why older people don’t participate in falls prevention trials

16/04/2012

Source: Experimental gerontology, 2012, 47 (4) p. 342-345

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Given that falls are a major public health issue, and older people are frequently involved in them, trials such as fall prevention should actively involve them. But many refuse to participate, and this article explores the reasons why. These include mobility problems, or at the other end of the scale people consider themselves ‘too healthy’ for it to apply to them. Anticipation of such reasons may lead to an improvement in participation rates.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your  local NHS Library for the full text of this article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library. This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Falls awareness week 2012

16/04/2012

Source: Age UK

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This concerns the week of the 18th-22nd of June 2012. It aims to  help older people reduce their risk of falls by promoting the services and interventions available to do this. Professionals are welcome to take part in the promotional activities to help raise awareness of falls in their communities.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE Clinical guidelines on falls to be updated

16/04/2012

Source: NICE Website

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The NICE guidelines on falls are being updated, and are currently in development. The publication date is so far TBC.

Length of publication: 1 page