Temporal trends in falls cases seen by EMS in Melbourne

16/12/2015

Source: Injury, 2015, online

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Injury due to falls is a major public health problem, especially for older people. This study aimed to compare the relative accuracies of ambulance call taker triage compared to paramedic assessment, and work out temporal trends and variations in demand for falls cases over time and by residence type for older adults. Using data from call takers may underestimate the incidence of falls compared to using paramedic case records by up to 13%. Temporal patterns can inform ambulance service policy and practice, falls referral and prevention programmes to optimise service delivery which will lessen the number of future falls cases.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Elderly fall patients triaged to the trauma bay

16/09/2015

Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015, online

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a retrospective study looking into falls in the elderly as being a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, to better categorise the patient population and describe factors contributing to their falling. It was carried out at a community trauma centre in geriatric patients who had been triaged to the trauma bay between 2005 and 2013, researching intake paperwork to assess the fall and discharge summaries to determine outcomes. It concluded most severe injuries occur at home, and so prevention measures should be aimed at this setting. Very elderly patients may be at increased risk for intracranial fall-related injuries.

Length of publication: 18 pages

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