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Assessment and prevention of falls in older people

30 June 2014

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

In June 2013 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence updated and replaced its 2004 clinical guideline 21 (CG21) on falls with clinical guideline 161...

Evaluation of an integrated falls education group programme

01 February 2006

Nursing Older People


This article describes how a working group helped develop an education programme for older patients using local hospital and community services and explains how the...

Falls risk assessment in older patients in hospital

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Falls are the most frequent adverse event reported in hospitals, usually affecting older patients. All hospitals in NHS organisations will develop risk prevention...

Reducing falls among older people in hospital

01 June 2012

Nursing Older People

A&S Science

Thousands of patients fall on hospital wards each year, leading to potentially devastating consequences for them and their families. Falls among inpatients usually...

The importance of identity in falls prevention

01 March 2011

Nursing Older People

A&S Science

Aim To explore the meaning of falling for older people who had participated in a falls prevention programme to establish the importance of identity in falls...

Simulation-based training to teach nurses skills in falls assessment and prevention

10 January 2019

Nursing Older People

Patient safety

A simulation-based training course was designed to support the development of nurses’ skills in falls assessment and prevention. National guidance on falls risk...

Identifying residents at risk of care complications in care homes

07 September 2016

Nursing Standard


Care complications are common conditions which affect residents in care homes and often arise from risks associated with their illness. They can be serious and...

High impact actions: preventing falls and encouraging exercise

23 July 2010

Nursing Management


This article, the second in a series on the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s eight high impact actions, reviews the roles played by nurses and local...

Nutritional strategies to reduce falls risk in older people

23 March 2018

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

A literature review found an association between increased falls risk and malnutrition, sarcopenia, vitamin D deficiency and dehydration. Strategies to identify,...

The local falls and osteoporosis service: does it meet the needs of patients?

01 December 2007

Nursing Older People


This articles examines a local evidence-based falls and osteoporosis service that used a pathway of screening, multi-factorial assessment and interventions. Patients...