Bedside nurses leading the way for falls prevention: an evidence-based approach

17/04/2015

Source: Critical Care Nurse

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Date of publication: April 2015 vol. 35 iss. 2 pps. 82-84

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: An article on how falls could be reduced with planning and intervention techniques.

Length of publication: two 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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Preventing falls in care homes: a question of balance

24/09/2013

Source: Geriatric Medicine, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The elderly are three times more likely to suffer from a fall when in a care home compared to living in their own home. Due to fears of litigation from injuries, staff are likely to restrict movement of people in their care, but this also has the effect of restricting their freedom and quality of life. This article discusses ways around this problem.

Length of publication: 1 page


Co-ordinated care for vulnerable patients with EMIS Web

19/08/2013

Source: NHS Networks

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Community Rehabilitation team at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust work to ensure their patients, elderly people who have suffered strokes or falls, stay as independent as possible at home and are not transferred to hospital. To this end they work with an electronic patient record system via EMIS Web, which allows them to improve communication and workload planning. It is also hoped that the system will drive up efficiencies in patient care.

Length of publication: 1 page


Neurovascular assessment post femoral nerve block: implications on fall prevention

17/06/2013

Source: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 2013, 17(2) p. 99-105

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Femoral Nerve Blocks have become widely used to reduce pain after joint replacement surgery, and are directly linked to a reduction in drug-related side-effects. However, ineffectual assessment of residual nerve blocks can result in patients falling or having a near miss. The paper re-examines the assessment tool used and recognises potential interventions that might ensure patient safety.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Can a home care falls prevention programme improve balance?

16/05/2013

Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 2013, 36 (1) p. 3-12

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Date of publication: January/March 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to determine if people aged 65 or older receiving a combination of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech or nursing interventions in their own home showed gait or balance changes after home care services. Using established criteria, participants seemed to make clinically meaningful gains after home care visits.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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