Preventing falls in assisted living: Results of a quality improvement pilot study

17/11/2016

Source: Geriatric Nursing 

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Date of publication: 21 October 2016 – epub ahead of print

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Residents of assisted living (AL) communities are at high risk for falls, which result in negative outcomes and high health care costs. Adapting effective falls prevention programs for AL quality improvement (QI) has the potential to reduce falls, improve resident quality of life, and reduce costs. This project tested the feasibility and outcomes of an evidence-based multi-component QI program, the Assisted Living Falls Prevention and Monitoring Program (AL-FPMP).

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Functional improvement in older adults after a pilot study

16/05/2013

Source: The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2013, 1 (2)

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This pilot study saw six elderly men and women participating in a six week exercise and education programme created to reduce the risk of falls. Evaluations were made at the beginning and end of the pilot to test functioning physical status, balance, distance walked in 6 minutes and physical quality of life. The evidence obtained warrants a larger follow-up study.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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Harm Free Care programme aims to eliminate harm in patients

17/01/2013

Source: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This programme is the national roll out of a pilot scheme implemented by the national QIPP Safe Care workstream, which aims to eliminate harm in patients from four common conditions: pressure ulcers, falls, urinary tract infections (in patients with a catheter) and new venous thromboembolism.

Length of publication: 1 page


National audit of falls and bone health in older people

15/07/2012

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: website

In a nutshell: Following a national clinical audit of falls and bone health, an information booklet has now been produced and a further pilot audit on inpatient falls has taken place, looking at falls prevention and post-falls care in hospital settings. The audit report makes various recommendations for local changes, but on a national scale.

Length of publication: 1 page


Motion detection system shows potential for falls prevention

15/07/2012

Source:  Geriatric Nursing, 2012, 33 (3),  p. 177-83

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article reports on a pilot study that tested the feasibility of a wireless motion detection system (5S-MDS) worn by hospitalized older adults as a means of preventing falls.  The authors conclude that  the system has potential as an early warning system for falls.   

Length of publication : 7 pages

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Can outdoor walking prevent the elderly from falling?

16/03/2012

Source: European Geriatric Medicine, 2012, 3(1), p. 28-32

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Date of publication: Feb 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a pilot study to see if a simple programme of outdoor walking could be implemented. Morbidity and mortality, which are associated with falls in the elderly, can be reduced by physical activity. The researchers plan to test whether this will have an impact on preventing falls as well.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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