Long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial program in Bavarian nursing homes

16/06/2017

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2017, Vol 18, no 6, p. 552.e7-552.e17

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Femoral fractures are frequently consequences of falls in nursing homes and are associated with considerable costs and unfavorable outcomes such as immobility and mortality. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial fall and fracture prevention program in nursing homes in terms of reducing femoral fractures.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Effectiveness of falls prevention programs for reducing diabetic risk factors

17/11/2016

Source: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2016, online

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Date of publication: October 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a common complication of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) that increases falls risk in the elderly. Prevention programs with a component of weight-bearing exercises are effective in decreasing future falls. However, weight-bearing exercise was only recently recommended in guidelines for exercise for these patients. There have since been many studies evaluating the effectiveness of such programs on this population. Evidence suggests that people with T2DM and DPN can improve their balance and walking after a targeted multicomponent program, though it is yet unknown whether they resulted in a decreased falls risk in the community.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Preventing falls for a person with dementia

15/08/2016

Source: Crisis Prevention Institute

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Date of publication: July 2016

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Falls are a danger to a person with dementia, and a cause of alarm to family and professional caregivers. Wherever the person lives, and no matter what stage of dementia the person is living with, falls must—and can—be prevented due to their high-risk status and the difficulty associated with recovery. Evidence indicates that multifactorial approaches are beneficial. Collaborating with an occupational therapist (OT) trained in dementia care is essential, as they will discover the client’s cognitive level and focus on remaining abilities, as well as task modification, environmental adaptation and enhanced communication.

Length of publication: 1 page


Physios and OTs promote falls prevention

17/11/2015

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Physio and occupational therapy staff teamed up at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust to provide general awareness of falls and factors that can reduce risk of falls. Patients, relatives and hospital visitors received CSP and Age UK leaflets, explaining how to ‘fall-proof’ a home and improve strength and balance through exercising, and in addition, staff checked walking aids and, where necessary, changed the ferrules, or rubber caps, on the ends of walking aids.

Length of publication: 1 page


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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Comparing fall prevention using exercise with and without motivational interviewing

17/02/2015

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper studied the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial based on a multicentre fall prevention intervention and exercise with or without motivational interviews compared to standard care. No significant differences were found between the groups regarding the outcome measures.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Developing a fall-reduction programme for lower-extremity joint arthroplasty patients

15/01/2015

Source: Anesthesiology Clinics, 2014, Vol 32 no 4 p. 853-864

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Total joint arthroplasty patients are at increased risk for post-operative falls, but by working as a team, people of different specialities can provide a multidisciplinary approach that is associated with greater success in implementing interventions and reducing fall rates. These interventions are an integral part of patient care, and are necessary for long-term changes. Multicomponent interventions addressing specific risk factors are also essential to a successful fall reduction programme.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand’s 10 Topics resource

16/10/2014

Source: Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: These are a variety of resources produced by Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand, which are aimed at both carers of those at risk of falls and health professionals who deal with such people. Each link has an interactive PDF attached and some have extra resources on their individual pages.

Length of publication: 1 page


Twelve month follow-up of an Australian falls prevention programme

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 58 no 2 p. 283-292

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Date of publication: March/April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Randomised trials have shown that fall prevention programmes are effective in reducing falls in older adults, but the impact of these programmes need to be studied in real-life settings. This study aimed to examine the impact of a sustained programme of activities and find out what benefits had been reported. Benefits in joint flexibility, mobility and balance and enjoyment were reported. However, recall of certain parts of the programme such as the educational component and behavioural training were minimal.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Effectiveness of the Chaos Falls Clinic in preventing falls

24/02/2014

Source: Injury, 2014, Vol 45 no 1 p. 265-271

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The effectiveness of multifactorial fall interventions at centre-based falls clinics is unclear, and so this study assessed the effectiveness of the Chaos Falls Clinic Prevention Programme on the rate of falls and related injuries on older home-dwelling adults. The programme was found to be effective, reducing the rate of falls and related injuries by almost 30%.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Fall risk factors for older people with intellectual disabilities

15/11/2013

Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2013, Vol 4 no 11 p. 3754-3765

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: There is extensive research on the general population in terms of risk factors for falling, but there is little information available about risk factors for older people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. This study found a complex variety of factors associated with risk of falls in people with ID, and further research is recommended for the development of multifactorial screening processes.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Prevention of falls in old people – a review

21/10/2013

Source: Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 2013, Vol 23 no 3 p. 206-222

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at how fall preventive programmes can prevent falls in older people.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Safer Healthcare Now webinar now available online

24/09/2013

Source: Safer Healthcare Now website

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This webinar looks into new developments in best practice for falls in Canada, and features guest speakers who are experts in the field of falls and injury prevention. The website includes links to the video and the presentation.

Length of publication: 1 page


Unable to get up after falling – what should we do?

24/09/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This article, originally from the AgeUK website, asks whether more can be done to get rid of the worst case fall scenario: a vulnerable older person falls and is unable to call for help. The person is therefore being left lying on the floor alone for long periods. Topics include not using fall alarms, and the common scenario where care is provided but some aspects aren’t considered and care is not joined up.

Length of publication: 1 page