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Falls Prevention Best Practice Guidelines

Falls Prevention Best Practice Guidelines for Public Hospitals and State Government Residential Aged Care Facilities incorporating a Community Integration Supplement:

Section 1
1.1 Risk Assessment Tool
1.2 Environmental Audit Tool

Section 2
2.1 Medication Review
2.2 Footwear
2.3 Exercise
2.4 Continence Management
2.5 Restraints

Section 3
3.1 Hip Protector Pads
3.2 Nutrition Management

Section 4
4.1 General Patient/Resident Education
4.2 Patient Education – Specific to Dementia
4.3 Patient Education – Patients Admitted With a Fall—Related Injury, Including Fractured Neck of Femur (#NOF)

Section 5
5.1 General Staff Education
5.2 Education Material

Section 6
Evaluation Framework
Community integration supplement

Part 1
Supplement Contents
S.1 Introduction
S.2 Falls assessment and management guideline

Part 2
S.3 Assessment information

Part 3
S.4 Health promotion
S.5 Interventions requiring further attention

Part 4
S.6 Falls prevention brochure series

Part 5
S.7 Falls prevention: Your safety checklist and guide
S.8 References

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Safer homes may cut falls in elderly people with poor vision

Home safety assessment and modification programmes may reduce the number of falls and injuries in elderly people with poor vision who live at home. Campbell and colleagues (p 817) randomised 391 people aged ≥75 years to one of four groups: a home safety programme, an exercise programme plus vitamin D supplementation, both these interventions, or social visits. The incidence of falls fell by 40% among those randomised to receive the home safety programme compared with those not receiving the home safety programme; the exercise programme failed to reduce the number of falls, possibly because of poor adherence.

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