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date: 04 March 2024

Preventing Falls Through Service Innovations: Institutional and Hospital Settingslocked

Preventing Falls Through Service Innovations: Institutional and Hospital Settingslocked

  • Keith HillKeith HillRehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre, Monash University

Summary

Falls in hospital and residential care settings are common events that can have major impacts for the older person, their families, and staff and also at an organizational level. They are a major trigger event for those with chronic health problems to advance to greater levels of care because they often result in traumatic injuries while they provide a signal event for declining health that may have gone unobserved before injury. Falls among older people in hospital and residential care settings are often caused by a complex mix of risk factors and have proved difficult to prevent. There is growing research evidence that a mix of universal falls prevention interventions that are applied to all patients or residents, as well as targeted interventions addressing one or more identified personal and environmental falls risk factors (often based on a falls risk factor assessment and environmental assessment) can help to reduce risk of future falls in hospitals and residential care. Preventing falls among older people in hospitals and residential care settings requires a complete staff and organizational focus.

Subjects

  • Global Health
  • Health Services Administration/Management
  • Special Populations

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