Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 1

17/01/2013
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Harm Free Care programme aims to eliminate harm in patients

17/01/2013

Source: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This programme is the national roll out of a pilot scheme implemented by the national QIPP Safe Care workstream, which aims to eliminate harm in patients from four common conditions: pressure ulcers, falls, urinary tract infections (in patients with a catheter) and new venous thromboembolism.

Length of publication: 1 page


Predicting fracture risk using fall history amongst other factors

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Source: Bone, 2013, 52 (2) p. 541-547

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Date of publication: December 2012 (online)

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The FRAXtr algorithm uses several different factors to predict fracture risk, but it does not use falls history as part of the calculation. This study analysed the benefit of using such a history when assessing men and women for fracture risk, finding that falls history can be a valid independent factor.

Length of publication: 6 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.


Participation in fall prevention exercise/physical activity by older adults

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Source: Preventive medicine, 2012, 55 (6) p. 613-617

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked at people aged 65 and over in Australia to see how many participated in physical activity to prevent falls. It found that those who had lower levels of education, were from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, or had various types of health problem who were more likely to fall. It concludes that population based approaches and targeted strategies for high risk groups are required.

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.


A multifactorial fall prevention programme for the community-dwelling elderly

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Source: Archives of Physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2012

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Date of publication: Online December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This RCT studied the effects of a multifactorial falls prevention programme on fall incidence and physical function in community-dwelling older Taiwanese people. The intervention was found to produce improvements in functional performance after 3 months but did not reduce falls in the following year. The 3 month result is possibly due to increased awareness of falls during the programme.

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.


New resources on falls prevention

17/01/2013

Source: Health in Aging

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The American Geriatrics Society has released new falls preventions resources under the banner of Health in Aging, containing videos and tip/factsheets.

Length of publication: 1 page


Map of falls and fracture prevention

17/01/2013

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This is a downloadable PDF that lists all the resources and areas of interest to do with preventing falls and fractures. The map is not complete, and the authors welcome any additional information that can be added to it.

Length of publication: 1 page


Age UK falls prevention webinar now available

17/01/2013

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Age UK has hosted a webinar about preventing falls in people living with dementia. Presentations include identifying risk factors, designing environments and delivering falls prevention exercise. The webinar is available to view online or download the presentations.

Length of publication: 1 page


Falls injury prevention and special flooring

17/01/2013

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This article discusses the effect of special flooring on preventing injuries from falls. This is an under-researched area, but the author points to several papers which pick up on the topic. The papers discuss the different materials suitable for safe flooring, and how they affect peoples’ balance and can therefore be used to prevent falls.

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

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