Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 9

24/09/2013
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Safer Healthcare Now webinar now available online

24/09/2013

Source: Safer Healthcare Now website

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This webinar looks into new developments in best practice for falls in Canada, and features guest speakers who are experts in the field of falls and injury prevention. The website includes links to the video and the presentation.

Length of publication: 1 page


Stress increases chances of falling

24/09/2013

Source: Age and ageing, 2013 (online)

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Date of publication: September 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This prospective study investigated the association between major life events/sudden emotion stress and fall and fracture risk. It found that stressful life events were associated with falls, especially multiple falls, even adjusting for age, diseases, past falls, depression and other such risk factors. Risk of falling increased with the number of types of stressful life events. The study concluded that stressful life events significantly increased the risk of falls independent of other risks, but did not independently increase risk of fractures.

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.


The effect of ACE inhibitors on muscles to prevent falls

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, 42, Supplement 3, abstract 89

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Ageing causes loss of muscle mass and function, which can be a major cause of falls, disability and morbidity. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors, ACEi) have already been shown to improve physical function in older people and evidence suggests they may improve exercise training response. This study was designed to examine the effects of ACEi therapy on older peoples’ exercise training.

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.


Unable to get up after falling – what should we do?

24/09/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This article, originally from the AgeUK website, asks whether more can be done to get rid of the worst case fall scenario: a vulnerable older person falls and is unable to call for help. The person is therefore being left lying on the floor alone for long periods. Topics include not using fall alarms, and the common scenario where care is provided but some aspects aren’t considered and care is not joined up.

Length of publication: 1 page


The cost of falls prevention in Torbay

24/09/2013

Source:  ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This publication, from The King’s Fund, lists number of incidents and their associated costs in one area of England. It explores not just the costs associated with incidents, but also ongoing care costs and how they are distributed between different care providers such as hospitals and social care systems.

Length of publication: 1 page