Happy pills in nursing homes in Belgium: A cohort study to determine prescribing patterns and relation to fall risk

15/07/2014

Source: Journal of Clincial Gerontology and Geriatrics

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Date of publication: June 2014 5(2) pps. 53-57

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study documents the current use of psychotropics in Flemish nursing homes, and examines the relation to fall risk.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Community pharmacists in Doncaster commissioned to provide falls prevention service

16/04/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Doncaster CCG have commissioned community pharmacists to provide a falls prevention service, in a move hoped to spread nationally. The pharmacists are being paid £10 per intervention targeting over 65s in the borough who are taking multiple medicines and may be at risk of a fall. It is hoped that this will ease winter pressures on the NHS.

Length of publication: 1 page


Anti-hypertensives are associated with falls in elderly people

16/04/2014

Source: BMJ, 25th February 2014

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: People aged over 70 who are on drugs for high blood pressure appear to be at a higher risk of injuries after falls than those who are not being treated, especially if they have had a previous fall.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Combined effects of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, narcotics and sedative-hypnotics on falls in a nursing home long term care unit

13/03/2014

Source: JAMDA

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Date of publication: March 1st 2014 15(3) pps. 15-21

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The risks of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, narcotics and sedative-hypnotics, medications which may potentially confer risk to the patient, in the long term care environment.

Length of publication: six pages

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Benzodiazepines should be avoided by older people

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article drew research from two different studies to compare whether long-acting benzodiazepines (LBs) create a higher risk of falls in the elderly than short-acting benzodiazepines (SBs). It found that SBs do not lower the risk of falls any more than LBs, and recommends strongly discouraging the use of both in the elderly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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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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Key publications (research) on medications, polypharmacy and falls prevention

15/06/2012

Source: Profane website

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Date of publication: 20th March 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Repeated trials find taking multiple medications (four or more) increase the risk of falls in older people. Researchers in Tokyo determined that it was the number of medications rather than the illnesses they are designed to fight as being the important factor in geriatric patients, and there are certain medications especially that increase the risk of falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Medications, polypharmacy and falls: what you need to know

16/04/2012

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website article

In  a nutshell: This article continues the theme of querying whether multiple medicines increase the risk of falling, but this time questions whether it is the medicine for the conditions or indeed the medical conditions themselves that are more likely to be responsible for the increased falls risk. It also links to other articles which provide more information including interventions in practice and a list of online resources for this topic.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Falls linked to use of more than two prescription drugs

15/02/2012

Source: Nursing Times 21st January 2012

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Taking two or more prescription drugs may make people more likely to fall no matter what their age is, even taking into account personal, social and lifestyle factors. Unintentional falls were most likely linked to drugs for high blood pressure and cholesterol, though the conditions themselves could play a part.

Length of publication: 1 page news bulletin