Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 8

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World Congress on Active Ageing – 13th-17th August 2012

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Source: Profane website

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This event, held once every four years has come to the UK for the first time. It highlights best practice for those in care settings with multiple conditions, those entering old age, and even elite older athletes, and contains themed days to suit different interests. Wednesday 15th August focuses on falls and fractures and looks at recent primary care evidence on exercise.

Length of publication: 1 page


Interventions to prevent falls in acute mental health settings

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Source:  Nursing,  July, 42 (7)  p. 65-66.

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  Authors discuss why falls occur and how to prevent them in older adults with mental health problems in an inpatient setting.  They go on to list a number of strategies to help to reduce falls, emphasising the importance of incorporating fall prevention toolkits and evidence-based practices.

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.


Fall prevention conference in Manchester

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Source:  Healthcare Conferences UK , July 2012

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell:  Conference is entitled: Developing a positive approach to falls prevention and management in older people.  Location, Manchester Conference Centre.  Date: Tuesday 13th November 2012.

Length of publication : webpage


Assessment of vulnerable patients cuts hospital falls

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Source: Nursing Times 25th July 2012

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The FallSafe project, tested in the South Central NHS area, trained and supported nurses to look at factors that can lead to falls. It assesses vulnerable patients and measures to reduce risks on wards, and has created FallSafe leads, who are dedicated nurses, to raise awareness and champion falls prevention.

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.


“Positive Steps”, devised in South Ayrshire, wins UK competition

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Source: About My Area, local news for the South Ayrshire area

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “Positive Steps”, which won the Achieving Excellence in Learning and Development category of the 2012 Advancing Healthcare Awards, is a learning pack jointly developed by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and South Ayrshire Council. The resource includes a learning box with hand-held teaching aids which give positive messages about falls prevention, and has been used in sheltered housing to teach residents and raise awareness of falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Facilitating best practice falls prevention through an action research approach

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Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2012, 21 (3-4), p. 1896-1905

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls risk assessments are recommended in best practice guidelines, but little published evidence exists to show staff procedures and views in conducting such assessments. Therefore, staff members of two residential care facilities in Tasmania used a new tool to assess the risk of falls in residents. Using this method led to the process becoming more individualised and face-to-face, and therefore more meaningful and enjoyable to staff and also led to a higher quality of assessment and improved falls awareness.

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.


New falls prevention resources from the Royal College of Physicians

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Source: Royal College of Physicians website

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This new pack contains several measures for assessing the number of falls in wards, as well as information for preventing and managing falls. These are freely available via the Royal College of Physicians’ website.

Length of publication: 1 page


Exercise facilitation in older people needs to be long term

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Source: Profane website

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Various studies showed that short term (up to 12 week) home exercise programmes aimed at older patients  just discharged from hospital were effective for only a short amount of time: at 12 week follow-ups most improvements had disappeared. The conclusions were that the exercises should be considered a permanent change in behaviour for a person’s lifetime, rather than as a short-term rehabilitation technique.

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.


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