Walk the talk on inpatient falls prevention, hospitals told

17/11/2015

Source: Onmedica

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Date of publication: 14th October 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The National Audit for Inpatient Falls (NAIF) looked for the first time at how well hospital trusts and local health boards prevent inpatient falls in England and Wales, and follow NICE guidance on falls assessment and prevention.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

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Conference: falls prevention and management in older people

17/06/2013

Source: Nursing Events

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This Nursing Events conference in Manchester focuses on reducing falls and injuries in the over 65s, a key health improvement indicator in the public health outcomes framework for 2013-2016, and on implementing the revised NICE Guidelines for falls, due out later this year.

Length of publication: 1 page


Theoretical evidence is not producing practical falls prevention strategies

16/03/2012

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2011, 42(6), p.419-422

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Date of publication: Dec 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is related to the previous post, highlighting the fact that there is plenty of evidence to help promote strategies to prevent falls in older adults, but these are not being translated into changes in public health practice. The gap between theoretical evidence and practical implementation therefore grows ever wider. Public health would greatly benefit from narrowing this gap.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Acute care patient falls: evaluation of a revised fall prevention program following comparative analysis of psychiatric and medical patient falls

06/10/2010

Source: Applied Nursing Research, article in press, August 2010

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Date of publication: August 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study investigated inpatient falls on psychiatric and medical wards in a U.S. community hospital before, during and after changes were made to the hospital’s Fall Assessment and Prevention Policy. The study results showed an increase in the number of medical patient falls despite revisions to the fall policy and a reduction in psychiatric inpatient falls. Most medical falls involved geriatric patients whereas psychiatric patients who fell were mostly female and under the age of 65. Non-compliance will falls prevention procedures relating to the use of non-skid gripper socks, bed exit alarms and the routine review of patient medication profiles were contributing factors to medical patient falls.  As a result of the study which included a survey of nursing staff, the hospital has expanded its falls prevention education programme and uses Patient Safety Attendants to monitor patients at high risk of falling. Patient rounding by nurses and nursing assistants has also been introduced to help further reduce falls.

Length of publication: 7 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Trial results of policy to introduce low-low beds to prevent falls

10/06/2010

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2010, 58 (3) p. 435-441

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Date of publication: March, 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Hospital based cluster RCT was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a policy to introduce low-low beds for the prevention of falls and fall injuries on wards that had not previously accessed low-low beds. Findings indicate that policy for the introduction of low-low beds does not appear to reduce falls or falls with injury, although larger studies would be required to determine their effect on fall-related fractures.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: CINAHL