Building interprofessional teams through evidence based practice training in falls prevention

17/11/2015

Source: Age in Action 

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  An examination of the implementation of a 24-content hour EBP program on reducing falls at two different sites having different organizational and staffing patterns in order to determine important contributors to and barriers against practice changes in interprofessional teaming.

Length of publication: 7 pages

 

 

 


The use of ICT for falls prevention, detection and monitoring- call for case studies

16/09/2015

Source: Prevention of Falls Network Earth

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: ProFouND, the EC-funded initiative dedicated to bringing about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe, is looking for case studies from across the UK on peoples’ experiences of using information and ICT-based technologies for falls prediction, detection and prevention in practice. They want to know about technologies used and who they are manufactured by. These can include call alarm systems, bed alarms and even Wii or Kinect games systems – how have patients/older people got on with using the technology?

Length of publication: 1 page


Geospatial distribution of fall-related hospitalisation incidence in Texas

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined incidence and characteristics of fall-related hospitalisations among Texans aged 50 or older by geography and across time, to try and identify fall hot-spots which might lack fall prevention programmes. The study concluded that increased efforts are needed to identify older adults at elevated risk of falling, and that referral systems need to take geographical settings into account. This can in turn inform strategic planning efforts to develop clinical-community partnerships to offer fall-prevention programmes in high-risk areas.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Fatty degeneration of gluteus minimus muscle as predictor of falls

18/09/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 1 August 2014, online

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The degeneration of fatty tissue in the gluteus minimus tends to be unevenly distributed, unlike that of the gluteus maximus, and researchers believe that this may play a crucial role in stability of the pelvis. Evaluating fatty streaks in this muscle could help give an early indication of those at higher risk of falling.

Length of publication: 1 page

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The importance of minimum toe clearance in level ground walking

18/09/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 28 July 2014, online

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Tripping is supposed to be the main cause of falls while walking. At minimum toe clearance, the potential for falls is the highest, so controlling this minimum clearance is essential for walking without tripping. This study aimed to determine if elderly people showed lower minimum toe clearance while doing more than one task at once.

Length of publication: 1 page

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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

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Yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility

19/08/2013

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News bulletin

In a nutshell: A pilot study carried out by researchers at the University of Sydney has confirmed what has been long believed to be true: yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility in older people. The study ran over a twelve week period, and results showed improvement in a range of measures. Older people who perform well in these balance and mobility tests are said to be about half as likely to fall as people with poor mobility.

Length of publication: 1 page


AgeUK Expert Series on Falls

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This is a new document as part of the Expert Series from AgeUK that aims to explain the evidence base for falls prevention exercise and the benefits that can be expected from it. It includes case studies of current services delivering reductions in falls through such programmes.

Length of publication: 1 page


A new falls prevention film from RoSPA

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Earth)

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: RoSPA have produced a short film, Facing up to Falls, that tells the story of some people in London of how even simple home activities can lead to falls. It includes personal anecdotes and practical advice.

Length of publication: 1 page


Prevention of patient falls: a case study

19/07/2013

Source: Apollo Medicine, 2013, 10 (2) p. 175-180

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: According to research, the majority (78%) of falls in hospital are anticipated, and very few are unanticipated (8%) or accidental (14%). Guidelines to prevent falls have helped to reduce the numbers and increase patient safety.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Falls prevention best practice from an occupational therapy perspective

17/06/2013

Source: The Health Foundation Patient Safety Resource Centre

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This is a discussion paper which provides an overview of the ways that occupational therapists can help older people at risk of falls, with an emphasis on those living in the community. Around 30% of community-based over 65s experience a fall each year, rising with age, and around 20% of these require some sort of medical attention.

Length of publication: 6 pages


The association between osteoporosis and postural balance in menopausal women

16/05/2013

Source: Gait and Posture, online

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The incidence of osteoporosis and fractures from falls have both been increasing, which led to postural balance being tested in post-menopausal women, aged between 55 and 65, with and without lumbar osteoporosis. The women were split into two groups, one containing those with osteoporosis and the control group without. Little difference was found between the two groups, showing that postmenopausal women show no changes in postural balance regardless of lumbar osteoporosis.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Heart rhythm in 90+ years old fallers

15/04/2013

Source: European Geriatric Medicine, 2013, 4(1) p. 5-7

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Event recordings were made in 111 90+ years old fallers, finding cases of atrial fibrillation. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with increasing age, which increases the risk of falls (as well as dementia and death). Therefore routine event recordings are important to reveal these arrythmias.

Length of publication: 3 Pages

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A fall management program in a nursing home population

18/03/2013

Source: The Gerontologist, 2013, published online

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study, from Canada, evaluates a fall management programme in nursing homes to see the effects on falls, injurious falls and falls resulting in hospitalisation. It also notes whether residents’ mobility increased or not, another good indicator of falls risk.

Length of publication: 1 page

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