Falls and Fall Prevention in Nursing Homes

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 166

Injuries sustained from falls by nursing home residents are a significant contributing cause of disability, functional impairment, and decreased overall quality of life among this vulnerable, elderly patient population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 75% of elderly nursing home residents suffer at least one fall each year. This rate is twice as high as the rate of falls among elderly people living within the community. Moreover, the CDC estimates that up to 20% of nursing home falls result in a serious injury.

Falls in nursing homes occur for a variety of reasons, some of which relate to patient factors while others relate to environmental factors. Many elderly nursing home residents suffer with comorbid conditions that affect gait, balance, and judgement – all of which increase the likelihood for sustaining a fall. These comorbid conditions include cognitive impairment (e.g., dementia, Alzheimer’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, impaired hearing and/or vision, peripheral vascular disease, and diabetic neuropathy. Nursing home falls can also occur from environmental hazards that may be present such as cluttered public areas, dim lighting in hallways, wet or slippery floors, and lack of safety equipment in bathrooms such as grab-bars and anti-slip mats in showers.

Nursing homes can be liable for fall-related injuries sustained by residents under specific situations such as:

* Failure to evaluate and assess new patients for falling risks.

* Failure to institute modifications to enable safer mobility of patients who are at high risk for falling.

* Failure to provide and maintain clean and safe premises for residents.

* Failure to develop and educate staff in the implementation of a fall prevention program.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to Falls and Fall Prevention in Nursing Homes captures the salient articles published over the past two decade in peer-reviewed medical journals regarding the problem of falls in nursing homes and the strategies and guidelines that have been devised to mitigate the risk of falls among nursing home residents. This unique Guide consists of over 200 hand-selected references published in peer-reviewed journals with links to the article abstracts and FREE online access to full-text copies of 35 journal articles.

Falls and Fall Prevention in Nursing Homes is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 246 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 47 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Falls and Fall Prevention in Nursing Homes. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Factors associated with the risk of falls in elderly nursing home residents.
  • Can the risk of falls in elderly nursing home residents be predicted?
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of fall prevention programs in nursing homes.
  • Interventions for preventing falls in older people in care facilities and hospitals.
  • Central Nervous System Medication Burden and Risk of Recurrent Serious Falls and Hip Fractures in Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Residents.
  • Interventions for preventing falls in older people in nursing homes and hospitals.
  • The assessment and management of falls in residential care settings.
  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of risk-factors for falls in older people in nursing homes and hospitals.
  • New insights and interventions regarding falls among nursing home residents with cognitive impairment.
  • Falls in newly admitted nursing home residents.
  • Development and evaluation of brochures for fall prevention education created to empower nursing home residenAssociation between orthostatic hypotension and falls among elderly nursing home residents.
  • Outcomes from the implementation of facility-specific evidence-based fall prevention intervention programs in residential aged care.
  • Prediction of the Incidence of Falls and Deaths Among Elderly Nursing Home Residents: The SENIOR Study.
  • Current approaches to fall risk assessment in nursing homes.
  • Ensuring evidence-based practices for fall prevention in a nursing home setting.
  • Physical restraint use and falls in nursing homes: a comparison between residents with and without dementia.
  • Person-environment interactions contributing to nursing home resident falls.
  • Behavioral interventions to reduce risk of falls in nursing home residents.
  • Pain, Fear of Falling, and Functional Performance Among Nursing Home Residents: A Longitudinal Study.
  • Predicting falls from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in older people residing in facilities.
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