Patient perceptions with falls during hospitalization and after discharge

14/03/2016

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2016, Vol 31 p. 79-85

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aims to describe the perceptions of hospitalised older people around their falls risk and fall prevention strategies received while hospitalised, and any instructions they received to prevent possible falls after discharge.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Falls and older people: aftercare and prevention

16/12/2015

Source: Nursing in Practice

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Date of publication: 25 November 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the importance of immediate rapid assessment of an initial fall in order to prevent any subsequent falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Falls history, balance and life quality in older cancer survivors

15/08/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 40 no 3 p. 451-456

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older cancer survivors may be predisposed to falls because of sequelae associated with cancer and its treatments. This study examined the association between fall history, balance and quality of life in community-dwelling older cancer patients who had completed primary cancer treatments. The results showed that falls are a significant problem in older cancer survivors and balance control is a determinant of perceived physical function and wellbeing. Older cancer survivors reporting a poor quality of life may have a higher risk of falling. Future research is needed to examine risk factors and interventions.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Elderly participation in daily life with falls prevention after discharge

15/08/2014

Source: Disability and Rehabilitation, 2014, Vol 36 no 10 p.787-796

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis designed to investigate the impact of falls prevention programmes on older adults who are returning home to live after being discharged from hospital. It uses peer-reviewed articles and grey literature to show that falls interventions provided a positive improvement in patients’ participation levels, finding a causal association. The effect size was small, but the study suggests that participation needs to be considered in future falls prevention research.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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The relationship among falls, rehabilitation outcomes and health services use

13/12/2013

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2013, Vol 14 no 11 p. 832-836

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked at determining the characteristics associated with single and multiple fallers in a post-acute rehabilitation centre. It found that the majority of fallers were older males who were frail and suffered cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms. Multiple fallers were particularly at risk of poor functional recovery and increased health service use. Specific programs targeting these patients should be developed in further studies.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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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


Grip strength among older people in different healthcare settings

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, online

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Low muscle strength causes many different problems among the elderly, and has been well documented in those living at home. This study investigates its epidemiology in older people who are in rehabilitation or long-term care. It found that older people living in the community had higher grip strength than people in care, and that grip strength also varied widely between healthcare settings. This research will have implications on falls research.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Preventing falls in care homes: a question of balance

24/09/2013

Source: Geriatric Medicine, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The elderly are three times more likely to suffer from a fall when in a care home compared to living in their own home. Due to fears of litigation from injuries, staff are likely to restrict movement of people in their care, but this also has the effect of restricting their freedom and quality of life. This article discusses ways around this problem.

Length of publication: 1 page


Neurovascular assessment post femoral nerve block: implications on fall prevention

17/06/2013

Source: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 2013, 17(2) p. 99-105

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Femoral Nerve Blocks have become widely used to reduce pain after joint replacement surgery, and are directly linked to a reduction in drug-related side-effects. However, ineffectual assessment of residual nerve blocks can result in patients falling or having a near miss. The paper re-examines the assessment tool used and recognises potential interventions that might ensure patient safety.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Gait disorders in Parkinson’s disease: Assessment and Management

16/05/2013

Source: International Journal of Gerontology, online 2013

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Gait disorder is one of the main features of Parkinson’s disease and is a major cause of morbidity in the elderly. Wireless monitoring systems have recently become good for collecting data over the longer term outside of the laboratory, which means that abnormal gaits can be more easily identified. This aids in indicating advanced stages of disease, which can be a precursor for falls and injuries. Preventions such as assistive devices can prevent falls. A multi-disciplinary team approach is therefore essential when treating elderly people with Parkinson’s.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Exercise interventions for older people living in the community

18/03/2013

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013, Online

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is an updated version of a Cochrane Systematic Review. The original provided evidence that preventive interventions such as exercise programmes, cataract surgery and psychoactive medicine withdrawal can reduce the rate of falls in older people. This updated version aimed to assess the effects of interventions and focused on comparing these interventions with controls interventions such as usual care and placebos.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Investment to prevent falls

15/02/2013

Source: This is Cornwall

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: NHS Kernow, the CCG for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is investing money in new programmes for balance and stability control to reduce the risk of falls in those who have spent a long period in hospital. Volunteers are being trained to help people at greater risk of falling to avoid potentially devastating injuries.

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


Identifying older people at high risk of future falls

14/12/2012

Source: Emergency Medicine Journal

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Date of publication: Online November 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A simple, two item screening tool has been developed in Australia, measuring people over 70 years old with a history of falls for their physical status, medical and fall history and use of community services. The tool can accurately discriminate between fallers and non-fallers, and could possibly identify high-risk individuals who may benefit from further help after discharge.

Length of publication: 1 page

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