A study of the predictors of fall-related fractures in healthcare settings was performed to identify any association between fall-related factors and fracture outcomes. A retrospective study of data from 197 public healthcare facilities in Queensland (Australia) was performed, including falls in adult hospital patients and aged-care residents, between January 2007 and November 2009, to establish fall-related predictors of fracture.
Hospital patients who had been screened for risk of falls on admission were less likely to sustain fractures after a fall than patients who had not been screened. Falls from standing and falls while walking were associated with higher fracture risks than falls during other activities. Falls while reaching in standing and falls while walking, similarly, were predictive of fracture in residential care.
Screening hospital patients for risk of falls appears to contribute to falls-related injury prevention. Falls from upright postures are more likely to result in fractures, in all healthcare settings.
Chari, S. McRae, P. [and] Varghese, P. [et al] (2013). Predictors of fracture from falls reported in hospital and residential care facilities: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, August 1st 2013, Vol.3(8), pii: e002948. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].
Local Interest: Progress on Falls Prevention at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Hall, C. (2013). Falls Prevention. Wolverhampton: Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, September 23rd 2013.