Fall rates in hospital rehabilitation units after individualised education programmes

15/05/2015

Source: The Lancet, 2015, online

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are the most frequent adverse events that are reported in hospitals. The effectiveness of individualised falls-prevention education for patients were examined, supported by training and feedback for staff, delivered as a ward-level programme. Eight rehabilitation units in general hospitals in Australia participated. Individualised patient education programmes combined with training and feedback to staff added to usual care were found to reduce the rates of falls and injurious falls in older patients in rehabilitation hospital-units.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Are Interprofessional Roundtable Debriefings Useful in Decreasing ED Fall Rates?

15/05/2015

Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing, 2015, online

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: There are more than one million patient falls each year in the United States. Falls are known to be a sign of poor health, are a marker of a decline in function, and are associated with a decline in morbidity. The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a Falls Roundtable intervention for reducing the rates of patient falls in an urban academic trauma centre emergency department. The Falls Roundtable incident debriefing intervention alone does not appear to be an effective tool for fall prevention in the ED setting but may serve as an integral component of a multifaceted fall-reduction strategy.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Royal Melbourne Hospital Falls Risk Assessment Tool for post-stroke patients

16/06/2014

Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 2014, Vol 21 no 4 p. 607-611

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls after a stroke are common and carry a significant disease burden. It is good practice to predict those who are at risk of falls to implement prevention techniques and therapy. This study aimed to determine the validity of a tool developed by the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In both high-risk and medium-risk groups, the tool did not offer sufficient predictive value.

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


How cost-effective are shock-absorbing hospital floors to prevent fall injuries?

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 analysis drew information from a randomised controlled trail as well as wider literature, and looked into the cost-effectiveness of installing shock-absorbing floors into hospitals for older people. Initial results show such floors can be cost-effective in reducing falls injuries, but further research is needed to deduce whether the floors cause a higher fall rate.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Trials of floors to reduce elderly falls injuries in wards

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, 42 (5) p. 633-640

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Date of publication: September 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This English randomised controlled trial looked into fall injury rates for shock-absorbing flooring in wards for the elderly, as well as severity of injury, fall rate and adverse events. It also gives recommendations for future research.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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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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FallSafe falls prevention resources from the Royal College of Physicians

19/08/2013

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This package brings together current and new falls prevention resources to support local initiatives to prevention harm from falling. The individual resources are also available via the above link.

Length of publication: 1 page