Falls and fractures: consensus statement

17/03/2017

Source: Government website, 2017

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: Public Health England have published new guidance on falls and fractures around supporting commissioning for prevention. It outlines approaches to interventions and activities helping to prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people


Bedside vision check for falls prevention: assessment tool

21/02/2017

Source: Royal College of Physicians 

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Date of publication: 23rd January 2017

 Publication type: Guideline

In a nutshell: The National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF) has collaborated with partners to produce a new vision assessment tool which enables ward staff to quickly assess a patient’s eyesight in order to help prevent them falling or tripping while in hospital.

 Length of publication: One page

 


CSP launches updated Falls Prevention Economic Model online

15/09/2016

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, 2016, online

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: The latest version of the Falls Prevention Economic Model, with fresh data and research, is now live on the CSP’s website. It shows that across the UK there is potential to save 160,000 falls each year, equating to a cost saving of £25.2 million to NHS services. The CSP has produced a detailed guide to accompany the relaunched model. The guide includes examples of people using the model and is also available on the society’s website.

Length of publication: 1 page


Implementing guidelines in nursing homes: a systematic review

15/09/2016

Source: BioMed Central

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Date of publication: 25th July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to systematically review the effects of interventions to improve the implementation of guidelines in nursing homes.

 Length of publication: 12 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.

 


An interprofessional approach to reducing the risk of falls through enhanced collaborative practice

15/09/2016

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 

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Date of publication:   August 2016 Vol. Iss. 64 pps. 1701–1707

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: 7 pages

 Length of publication:  This article describes a project that engaged an interprofessional teaching team to support interprofessional clinical teams to reduce fall risk in older adults by implementing the AGS/BGS guidelines.

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.

 


In-patient rehab recommended over nursing homes for stroke rehab

23/05/2016

Source: Science Daily

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Date of publication: 4th May 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Describes the guidelines that have been developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for rehabilitation after a stroke.

Length of publication: One page


Practical guide to health ageing

17/02/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new guide published by AgeUK looks at several aspects of growing older that can be reviewed to reduce their effects. The guide includes a section on preventing falls but nearly all the sections included have a falls prevention aspect and if taken as a whole provides an excellent base from which to start reducing the effects of ageing and live a healthier older life.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE consultation on social care includes recommendation on falls

16/04/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: New NICE quality standards and guidance to improve social care have been published, which contain recommendations on falls in older people and how they can regain independence afterwards.

Length of publication: 1 page


Falls don’t have to be part of getting older

21/10/2013

SourceUniversity of Manchester

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Date of publication: 1st October 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older people, but experts from across Europe argue they should not just be written off as an unavoidable consequence of ageing. Research shows that there are plenty of things people can do to prevent falls escalating with age.”


Factors associated with the completion of falls prevention program

21/10/2013

Source: Health Education Research

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Date of publication: 10th October 2013

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: Using falls prevention programs to help prevent falls and restore independence and quality of life in older adults.

Length of publication: 13 pages

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Benzodiazepines should be avoided by older people

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article drew research from two different studies to compare whether long-acting benzodiazepines (LBs) create a higher risk of falls in the elderly than short-acting benzodiazepines (SBs). It found that SBs do not lower the risk of falls any more than LBs, and recommends strongly discouraging the use of both in the elderly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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NICE guideline update: older people at risk of hospital falls

19/07/2013

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence website

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: New NICE guidelines published last month state that health professionals should consider patients over 65, or those over 50 with certain conditions such as strokes, as being high risk for falling while in hospital. Falls cost the NHS around £2.3 billion per year, and may cause death, serious injury such as fractures or head injuries, and minor cuts and bruises. The guidance calls for clinicians to assess risks of falling and consider multifactorial interventions.

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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Conference: falls prevention and management in older people

17/06/2013

Source: Nursing Events

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This Nursing Events conference in Manchester focuses on reducing falls and injuries in the over 65s, a key health improvement indicator in the public health outcomes framework for 2013-2016, and on implementing the revised NICE Guidelines for falls, due out later this year.

Length of publication: 1 page