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


Changes in fall prevention policies in hospitals

16/05/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, 42 (1) p. 106-109

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In 2007, the National Patient Safety Agency published two pieces of information aimed at reducing falls risk. This study aimed to identify changes directly resulting from these publications. Several Trusts instituted a falls prevention policy and/or a bedrail policy, and falls risk assessments began to be evidence based rather than unreferenced. These changes in policy were likely to be influenced by the NPSA publications, but also by publications brought out by agencies such as the Royal College of Physicians and the Medicine and Healthcare products’ Regulatory Agency. Further improvements are still required.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Tai Chi can prevent falls in the elderly

18/03/2013

Source: Osteoporosis Dorset

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Website article

In a nutshell: This article, originally published in the Telegraph in September 2012, describes new guidelines for physiotherapists in which elderly people are recommended dance and Tai Chi on prescription. The guidance also says that simple exercise programmes and balance training can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE advice aims to improve commissioning of hip fracture services

14/12/2012

Source: NICE website

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication type: NICE press release

In a nutshell: Nice has issued a new guide to support the commissioning of hip fractures services. This guide can be used with liaison and/or integration with related services, such as falls prevention.

Length of publication: 1 page


Updated: guidelines to prevent falls – with a physiotherapy focus

14/09/2012

Source: British Geriatrics Society website

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: website

In a nutshell: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy originally launched guidelines for preventing falls in older people back in 1998, the first to be released with a sole focus on physiotherapy.  These have now been updated due to the evidence and guidelines published in the meantime. The new guidelines emphasise steps that can be taken to prevent falls, including specific recommendations on exercise programmes.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE Clinical guidelines on falls to be updated

16/04/2012

Source: NICE Website

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The NICE guidelines on falls are being updated, and are currently in development. The publication date is so far TBC.

Length of publication: 1 page