Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 7 Issue 7

14/07/2017
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Investigation of floor surface finishes for optimal slip resistance performance

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Source: Health and Safety at Work, 2017, online

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Increasing slip resistance of the floor surface would be desirable, but there is a lack of evidence as to whether traction properties are linearly correlated with topographic features of floor surfaces or what scales of surface roughness are required to effectively control slipperiness of the floor. The results of this study with previous findings confirm that floor surface finishes require different levels of surface coarseness for different types of environmental conditions to effectively manage slippery walking environments.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Welsh Ambulance Service distributes CSP’s falls prevention booklet

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Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists website

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News press release

In a nutshell: Patients using non-emergency transport vehicles in Wales are receiving copies of the CSP’s Get Up and Go booklet about how to avoid falls. ‘Developed by Saga in association with the CSP, it covers a range of falls prevention aspects and includes exercises for strength and balance, as well as guidance about getting up from a fall.’

Length of publication: 1 page


Does perturbation training prevent falls after discharge from stroke rehabilitation?

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Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebro-Vascular Diseases, 2017, online

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Individuals with stroke fall frequently, and no exercise intervention has been shown to prevent falls post stroke. Perturbation-based balance training (PBT), which involves practicing reactions to instability, shows promise for preventing falls in older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This study aimed to determine if PBT during inpatient stroke rehabilitation can prevent falls after discharge into the community. These findings suggest that PBT is promising for reducing falls post stroke. While this was not a randomized controlled trial, this study may provide sufficient evidence for implementing PBT in stroke rehabilitation practice.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Analysis of effects and usage indicators for a ICT-based fall prevention system in community dwelling older adults

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Source: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

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Date of publication: Volume 106, October 2017, pps. 10–25

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper will provide a better understanding of the effectiveness of ICT-based fall prevention for different subgroups and the indicators that determine the use of such technologies by older adults.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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Facilitators of attendance and adherence to group-based physical activity for older adults: a literature synthesis .

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Source: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 

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Date of publication: May 2017 vol. 22 pps. 1-39

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This review examines program features that influence attendance and adherence to group-based physical activity (PA) by older adults.

Length of publication: 39 pages

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Home based training for dexterity in Parkinson’s disease: A randomized controlled trial

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Source: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

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Date of publication: 25 May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of a home-based dexterity program on fine motor skills in a single-blinded, randomized controlled trial, in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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The design and development of a complex multifactorial falls assessment intervention for falls prevention: The Prevention of Falls Injury Trial (PreFIT)

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Source: BMC Geriatrics

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Date of publication: 1 June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper describes the design and development of a complex multifactorial falls prevention (MFFP) intervention for implementation and testing within the framework of a large UK-based falls prevention randomised controlled trial (RCT)

Length of publication: 13 pages

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Falls-related drug use and risk of falls among older adults: a study in a US Medicare population

14/07/2017

Source: Drugs & Aging

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Date of publication: July 2017, vol. 34 iss. 7, pps 555–565

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study was to examine the risk of falls relative to use patterns among new and continuing falls-related drug (FRD) users.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Pilot Testing Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety)

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Source: The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2017, online

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patient falls during an acute hospitalization cause injury, reduced mobility, and increased costs. The laminated paper Fall TIPS Toolkit (Fall TIPS) provides clinical decision support at the bedside by linking each patient’s fall risk assessment with evidence-based interventions. Strategies were needed to integrate this evidence into clinical practice.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Evaluation of falls sensor technology in acute care

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Source: The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2017, online

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Sensor technology that dynamically identifies hospitalized patients’ fall risk and detects and alerts nurses of high-risk patients’ early exits out of bed has potential for reducing fall rates and preventing patient harm. In this study, a sensor was evaluated on two inpatient medical units to study fall characteristics and then to assign patient fall probability. A fall detection sensor system affords a level of surveillance that standard fall alert systems do not have. Fall prevention remains a complex issue, but sensor technology is a viable fall prevention option.

Length of publication: 1 page

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