Balance and fall risk assessments with mobile phone technology

15/09/2017

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2017, online

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: While falls are a major health concern for older adults, preventative measures can help to reduce their incidence and severity; methods for assessing balance and fall risk factors are necessary to implement preventative measures. Mobile applications are being developed to enable seniors, caregivers and clinicians to monitor risks. This systematic review assesses reviews of such apps for their accuracy, reliability and validity. Further research is needed.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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East Lancs Falls Response Service…keeping 900 patients out of hospital

19/12/2016

Source: The Academy of NHS Fabulous Stuff

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Date of publication: November 2016

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Based at Burnley Ambulance Station in East Lancashire, an Occupational Therapist (Rachel Bedwell) and North West Ambulance Service paramedic (Gail Smith) respond to 999 and 111 calls triaged as ‘Green code – Falls with no apparent injury’.

The Falls Response Service – a one-of-a-kind in England – has attended 1,272 calls in the past 18 months and the intervention of a qualified OT has kept over 70% of patients in their own home rather than being transported to A&E.

Length of publication: 1 page


Semi-supervised near-miss fall detection for ironworkers with a wearable inertial measurement unit

21/06/2016

Source: Automation in Construction, 2016, Vol 68 p. 194-202

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death in construction work. Near misses can provide valuable data about the causes as a proactive prevention measure, but collecting information can be challenging. This study aims to develop a method to automatically collect such data using wearable inertial measurement units, which could ultimately prevent fall accidents.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Video games for senior citizens to prevent falls

16/02/2016

Source: Trustech: the North West NHS innovation service

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: An innovation from Trafford Hospitals (CMFT) and the University of Manchester will help to reduce the number of falls in the older population. Exergames utilises Microsoft Kinect gaming technology to help improve strength, co-ordination and movement of its target users; elderly people at risk from falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Identifying falling hazards in older adult homes using digital photography

15/10/2015

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2015, Vol 2 p. 794-797

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Date of publication: 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Evaluation and removal of home hazards is an invaluable method for preventing in-home falls and preserving independent living. Current processes for conducting home hazard assessments are impractical from a whole population standpoint given the substantial resources required for implementation. Digital photography offers an opportunity to remotely evaluate an environment for falling hazards.  However, reliability of this method has only been tested under the direction of skilled therapists. This study showed that non-therapists can reliably conduct home hazard evaluations using digital photographs.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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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