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


Rubber outsole with hybrid surface pattern for preventing icy slips

15/06/2015

Source: Applied Ergonomics, 2015, Vol 51 p. 9-17

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Conventional winter footwear can be effective in preventing slips on icy surfaces, but the protruding studs can also be dangerous and lead to trips instead. A new hybrid rubber outsole containing both rough and smooth parts was designed to provide high slip resistance with any protrusions. Results indicate these were comparable to conventional anti-slip footwear which could contribute to a decrease in fall accidents, but further research is need to confirm effectiveness under a wide range of test conditions.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Posture estimation and human support using wearable sensors and walking-aid robot

15/01/2015

Source: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2014, online

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper introduces a walking-aid robot that can automatically detect when a human, wearing sensors, is about to fall and act to stop it from happening. The robot takes reading of centre of pressure and centre of gravity from the person to predict possible falls and act accordingly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Older adults’ perceptions of technologies for falls prevention and detection

15/07/2014

Source: International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2014, Vol 83 no 6 p. 416-426

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looked at new technologies aimed at preventing falls, detecting falls and alarms after a fall, as well as those technologies created or adapted to be proactive in preventing falls from happening. There are often barriers to those technologies being used by people aged 50 and above. These barriers can anything from attitudes to personal independence and perceived need for safety, as well as usability, cost and what feedback the devices provide.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Videos to support falls prevention practice within care homes

15/07/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The South West Ambulance Trust has put together several videos to help care homes reduce the risk of falls amongst their residents. Topics include: Preparing your team to prevent falls, Identifying people most at risk, The power of exercise and Assessments for those who have fallen. Supporting documents are available alongside the videos. A link to the South West Ambulance Trust’s campaign page is included.

Length of publication: 1 page


Empowering older people at risk of falls

16/06/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Medline Plus, a service from the US National Library of Medicine, has produced a list of questions older people can ask their GP to help them control their own risk of falls. Questions include information on exercise, medication, home safety and what to do after experiencing a fall, as well as pointing out the role GPs can provide in preventing falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Developing a standard data format from body-sensor signals

16/01/2014

Source: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 2013, 46 (8) p. 720-726

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Date of publication: December 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Bodily-worn sensor devices can provide real-time and objective data about falls in older people which will increase understanding of them and help technology to automatically recognise them. The FARSEEING consortium with associated partners is trying to build a meta-database using standardised data to combine different sources and guarantee data quality.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Designing and evaluating an electronic patient falls reporting system

13/12/2013

Source: International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013, Vol 82 no 11 p. e294-e306

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Electronic falls reporting systems can often aid improvement efforts to prevent patient falls, thereby saving money and lives, but many long term care facilities either can’t or won’t invest in such systems due to costs or lack of staff training. This paper looks at a system that is easy to use, and with no initial investment costs aside from personnel to set up.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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Distinguishing causes of falls using various wearable tri-axial accelerometers

15/11/2013

Source: Gait and Posture, online 2013

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Date of publication: September 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Lack of evidence on cause and circumstance of falls can be a barrier to effective prevention strategies. Previous studies have used inertial sensors to automatically detect falls to deliver medical assistance. This study expanded on the idea by developing and evaluating the accuracy of wearable sensor systems for determining the causes of falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

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