We are never finished preventing falls!


Did you know that falls are the sixth leading cause of death in older adults?1 This month’s special analysis email is a focus on falls. Who is at risk? What are the environmental hazards?

Fall Prevention – Best Practices

  1. Assessment & Care Planning
  2. Staff Education
    • – Direct Care Awareness
    • – Environment Awareness
  3. Patient/Family Education
  4. Technological Devices
  5. Reporting and Benchmarking
  6. Mobility/Strength Building Program

Who’s at Risk?

  • The Elderly

– The largest percentage of falls annually

– 30% of adults over 65 report falls each year

– The number of falls increases with age

What’s at Stake?

  • Injuries

– Most common in persons 85 years of age and older

– Leading cause of injury deaths for people 65 and older

– Cause 87% of all fractures

– Second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury

Patient Factors

  • Sensory Loss
  • Depression/Cognitive Impairment
  • Previous Falls
  • Dehydration/Poor Nutrition
  • Dementia
  • Cardiovascular
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Medication/Poly-pharmacy
  • Incontinence
  • Disruptive Sleep Cycle
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 15, 2013.
* Minimum N=300; Fall rates greater than the National average; Patients have a maximum of 35 illnesses/categories to choose from. Please note that patients may have more than one comorbid illness.
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