Falls in Elderly People- January 2016

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Falls Update

January 2016

Welcome to the latest January 2016 Newsletter.
This will be produced every 2-3 months and lists the most recent literature in the field.

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High Level Evidence

Gonçalves-Bradley DC, Lannin NA, Clemson LM, Cameron ID, Shepperd S. Discharge planning from hospital. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 1.

Available: Full Text


National Guidelines

Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset (NG16) Guidelines Published October 2015

Available: Full Text


Falls Effects

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly? 8 January 2016

Available: Full Text


Falls Prevention

Berry, Lisa. Europe unites to boost active ageing and prevent falls

Available: Full Text


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Too young to fall? People’s chances of falling much higher than they think.

Available: Full Text [1/15/2016].


Elderly live independently longer with nurse-led technology monitoring. 8 December 2015

Available: Full Text


Extra vitamin D to prevent falls ‘puts elderly at greater risk’.

Available: Full Text [1/8/2016].


HCAs providing enhanced care to dementia patients. 13 January 2016

Available: Full Text


Standard muscle loss definition 'may help cut falls risk in elderly'. 4 November 2015

Available: Full Text

Injurious Falls


Audit finds mismatch between hospital falls policies and reality.14 October 2015

Available: Full Text


Falls prevention in hospital | RCP London.

Available: Full Text [1/15/2016].


Hospitals should do more to reduce incidence of falls, says RCP report

Christian Duffin
Available: Abstract | Full-text | PDF (102 KB)


Reducing the risk of inpatient falls. 16 November 2015

Available: Full Text


Safety alert issued to NHS on patient falls from hoists. 3 November 2015

Available: Full Text



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