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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544356/older-people-s-experiences-of-falling-and-perceived-risk-of-falls-in-the-community-a-narrative-synthesis-of-qualitative-research
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Siobhan Gardiner, Margaret Glogowska, Catherine Stoddart, Sarah Pendlebury, Daniel Lasserson, Debra Jackson
AIM: To examine qualitative research exploring older people's experiences of falling and the perceived risk of falling in the community. This will contribute new insights into how falling is perceived by the older community. BACKGROUND: Falls are a major problem for older people and healthcare services across the world. Accidental falls in the community are a persistent problem that is generally recognised as an intrinsic risk of ageing. This review provides a new synthesis of evidence that considers older people's perception of falls in the community as new insights are needed if the increasing problems of falls are to be addressed...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Older People Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542894/risk-factors-of-falls-among-inpatients-with-cancer
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M D Jun, K M Lee, S A Park
AIM: To investigate the risk factors and predictors of falls according to the general characteristics, conscious state, physical condition and treatment of hospitalized patients with cancer. BACKGROUND: Inpatients with cancer experience falls more frequently than those without cancer, and the degree of injuries is more severe among inpatients with cancer. A specific fall prevention strategy is needed for each patient. Prevention of falls in patients with cancer is very important for improving the quality of nursing care...
May 25, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542315/attitudes-of-older-people-with-mild-dementia-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-their-relatives-about-falls-risk-and-prevention-a-qualitative-study
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Tamsin Peach, Kristian Pollock, Veronika van der Wardt, Roshan das Nair, Pip Logan, Rowan H Harwood
OBJECTIVE: To explore the perceptions of older people with mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and their family carers, about falling, falls risk and the acceptability of falls prevention interventions. DESIGN: Qualitative study involving thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with patient and relative dyads. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: 20 patient/ relative dyads recruited from Memory Assessment Services and Falls Prevention Services in the United Kingdom...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542281/gait-asymmetry-ankle-spasticity-and-depression-as-independent-predictors-of-falls-in-ambulatory-stroke-patients
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Ta-Sen Wei, Peng-Ta Liu, Liang-Wey Chang, Sen-Yung Liu
BACKGROUND: Falls are the leading cause of injury in stroke patients. However, the cause of a fall is complicated, and several types of risk factors are involved. Therefore, a comprehensive model to predict falls with high sensitivity and specificity is needed. METHODS: This study was a prospective study of 112 inpatients in a rehabilitation ward with follow-up interviews in patients' homes. Evaluations were performed 1 month after stroke and included the following factors: (1) status of cognition, depression, fear of fall and limb spasticity; (2) functional assessments [walking velocity and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM)]; and (3) objective, computerized gait and balance analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541424/a-new-in-vitro-bioassay-system-for-the-discovery-and-quantitative-evaluation-of-mosquito-repellents
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Abbas Ali, Charles L Cantrell, Ikhlas A Khan
Mosquitoes vector many pathogens that cause human diseases. Repellents play a significant role in reducing the risk of these diseases by preventing mosquito bites. In this paper, we are reporting an Ali and Khan (A & K), large cage in vitro bioassay system that can effectively be used to measure repellency of compounds against mosquitoes. The system uses temperature as a landing and feeding stimulus, and collagen as a feeding substrate. The minimum effective dose (MED) of DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide; 19...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540118/spinal-cord-injury-in-the-geriatric-population-risk-factors-treatment-options-and-long-term-management
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REVIEW
Tochukwu C Ikpeze, Addisu Mesfin
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are sustained by more than 12 500 patients per year in the United States and more globally. The SCIs disproportionately affect the elderly, especially men. Approximately 60% of these injuries are sustained traumatically through falls, but nontraumatic causes including infections, tumors, and medication-related epidural bleeding have also been documented. Preexisting conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis can render the spine stiff and are risk factors as well as cervical spondylosis and ensuing cervical stenosis...
June 2017: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539681/risk-of-falls-in-the-rheumatic-patient-at-geriatric-age
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Agnieszka Prusinowska, Arkadiusz Komorowski, Teresa Sadura-Sieklucka, Krystyna Księżopolska-Orłowska
Evaluating the risk of falling of a geriatric rheumatic patient plays an essential role not only in planning and carrying out the physiotherapeutic process. The consequences of falls may be different and, although they do not always result in serious repercussions such as fractures or injuries, it is sufficient that they generate the fear of falling and cause a significant reduction in physical activity. Assessing functional capacity to define the risk of falling is of utmost importance in the case of patients after joint arthroplasty surgeries...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536736/is-the-association-between-hip-fractures-and-seasonality-modified-by-influenza-vaccination-an-ecological-study
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M Fraenkel, M Yitshak-Sade, L Beacher, M Carmeli, M Mandelboim, E Siris, V Novack
Osteoporotic hip fractures in 4344 patients were more common during winter. Lower temperatures were associated with higher rates of fracture only in those not vaccinated for influenza. Influenza outbreaks increased the risk of hip fractures. Further studies are needed to assess whether influenza vaccination can prevent hip fractures. INTRODUCTION: Winter seasonality of osteoporotic hip fracture incidence has been demonstrated, yet the explanation for the association is lacking. We hypothesize that the seasonality of osteoporotic hip fracture can be explained by an association between hip fractures and seasonal influenza outbreaks...
May 23, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536117/the-association-between-whole-body-sagittal-balance-and-risk-of-falls-among-elderly-patients-seeking-treatment-for-back-pain
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J Kim, J Y Hwang, J K Oh, M S Park, S W Kim, H Chang, T-H Kim
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the association between whole body sagittal balance and risk of falls in elderly patients who have sought treatment for back pain. Balanced spinal sagittal alignment is known to be important for the prevention of falls. However, spinal sagittal imbalance can be markedly compensated by the lower extremities, and whole body sagittal balance including the lower extremities should be assessed to evaluate actual imbalances related to falls...
May 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525964/an-observational-study-of-suicide-death-in-homeless-and-precariously-housed-people-in-toronto
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Mark Sinyor, Nicole Kozloff, Catherine Reis, Ayal Schaffer
OBJECTIVE: Homelessness has been identified as an important risk factor for suicide death, but there is limited research characterising homeless people who die by suicide. The goal of this study is to identify personal, clinical, and suicide method-related factors that distinguish homeless and precariously housed people who die from suicide from those who are not homeless at the time of suicide. METHODS: Coroner records were reviewed for all suicide deaths in Toronto from 1998 to 2012...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505601/the-association-between-attempted-suicide-and-stock-price-movements-evidence-from-taiwan
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Chung-Liang Lin, Tsai-Ching Liu, Chin-Shyan Chen
This study is the first comprehensive analysis to investigate the potential association between stock market fluctuations and attempted suicide events as measured by self-inflicted injuries treated in hospitalization. Using nationwide, 15-year population-based data from 1998 through 2012, we observe that the occurrences for the hospitalizations of attempted suicides are apparently predicted by stock price movements. A low stock price index, a daily fall in the stock index, and consecutive daily falls in the stock index have been shown to be associated with increased risk of hospitalization in patients with attempted suicide...
May 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505477/knowledge-behavioral-practices-and-experiences-of-outdoor-fallers-implications-for-prevention-programs
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Tracy Chippendale, Victoria Raveis
OBJECTIVE: Although the epidemiology and prevention of falls has been well studied, the focus has been on indoor rather than outdoor falls. Older adults' knowledge of outdoor risk factors and their outdoor fall prevention practices have not been examined. To fill this gap, and to inform the development of a prevention program, we sought to explore the experiences and fall prevention knowledge and practices of older adults who had sustained an outdoor fall. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using random digit telephone dialing was used to survey community dwelling seniors (N=120) across the five boroughs of New York City...
May 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503199/the-aachen-fall-prevention-app-a-smartphone-application-app-for-the-self-assessment-of-elderly-patients-at-risk-for-ground-level-falls
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Peter Rasche, Alexander Mertens, Christina Bröhl, Sabine Theis, Tobias Seinsch, Matthias Wille, Hans-Christoph Pape, Matthias Knobe
BACKGROUND: Fall incidents are a major problem for patients and healthcare. The "Aachen Fall Prevention App" (AFPA) represents the first mobile Health (mHealth) application (app) empowering older patients (persons 50+ years) to self-assess and monitor their individual fall risk. Self-assessment is based on the "Aachen Fall Prevention Scale," which consists of three steps. First, patients answer ten standardized yes-no questions (positive criterion ≥ 5 "Yes" responses). Second, a ten-second test of free standing without compensatory movement is performed (positive criterion: compensatory movement)...
2017: Patient Safety in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499358/can-we-predict-functional-decline-in-hospitalized-older-people-admitted-through-the-emergency-department-reanalysis-of-a-predictive-tool-ten-years-after-its-conception
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Isabelle De Brauwer, Pascale Cornette, Benoît Boland, Franck Verschuren, William D'Hoore
BACKGROUND: In the Emergency Department (ED), early and rapid identification of older people at risk of adverse outcomes, who could best benefit from complex geriatric intervention, would avoid wasting time, especially in terms of prevention of adverse outcomes, and ensure optimal orientation of vulnerable patients. We wanted to test the predictive ability of a screening tool assessing risk of functional decline (FD), named SHERPA, 10 years after its conception, and to assess the added value of other clinical or biological factors associated with FD...
May 12, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493216/appropriateness-of-oral-anticoagulants-for-the-long-term-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-older-people-results-of-an-evidence-based-review-and-international-consensus-validation-process-oac-forta-2016
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REVIEW
Martin Wehling, Ronan Collins, Victor M Gil, Olivier Hanon, Roland Hardt, Martin Hoffmeister, Pedro Monteiro, Terence J Quinn, Dieter Ropers, Giuseppe Sergi, Freek W A Verheugt
BACKGROUND: Age appropriateness of anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To review oral anticoagulants for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in older (age >65 years) people and to classify appropriate and inappropriate drugs based on efficacy, safety and tolerability using the Fit-fOR-The-Aged (FORTA) classification. METHODS: We performed a structured comprehensive review of controlled clinical trials and summaries of individual product characteristics to assess study and total patient numbers, quality of major outcome data and data of geriatric relevance...
May 10, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492520/an-ecologically-controlled-exoskeleton-can-improve-balance-recovery-after-slippage
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V Monaco, P Tropea, F Aprigliano, D Martelli, A Parri, M Cortese, R Molino-Lova, N Vitiello, S Micera
The evolution to bipedalism forced humans to develop suitable strategies for dynamically controlling their balance, ensuring stability, and preventing falling. The natural aging process and traumatic events such as lower-limb loss can alter the human ability to control stability significantly increasing the risk of fall and reducing the overall autonomy. Accordingly, there is an urgent need, from both end-users and society, for novel solutions that can counteract the lack of balance, thus preventing falls among older and fragile citizens...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489183/frequency-and-factors-associated-with-falls-in-adults-aged-55-years-or-more
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Sabrina Canhada Ferrari Prato, Selma Maffei de Andrade, Marcos Aparecido Sarria Cabrera, Renata Maciulis Dip, Hellen Geremias Dos Santos, Mara Solange Gomes Dellaroza, Arthur Eumann Mesas
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to analyze the frequency and factors associated with falls in adults aged 55 years or more. METHODS: This is a study inserted into another population-based study with representative sample of persons aged 40 years or more of the urban area in a medium-sized municipality of the State of Paraná, Brazil, in 2011. That study obtained demographic and socioeconomic data and characteristics related to life habits, health conditions, and functional capacity (n = 1,180)...
April 27, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473306/using-a-medical-intranet-of-things-system-to-prevent-bed-falls-in-an-acute-care-hospital-a-pilot-study
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Henri U Balaguera, Diana Wise, Chun Yin Ng, Han-Wen Tso, Wan-Lin Chiang, Aimee M Hutchinson, Tracy Galvin, Lee Hilborne, Cathy Hoffman, Chi-Cheng Huang, C Jason Wang
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized patients in the United States experience falls at a rate of 2.6 to 17.1 per 1000 patient-days, with the majority occurring when a patient is moving to, from, and around the bed. Each fall with injury costs an average of US $14,000. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to conduct a technology evaluation, including feasibility, usability, and user experience, of a medical sensor-based Intranet of things (IoT) system in facilitating nursing response to bed exits in an acute care hospital...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471944/geriatric-syndromes-new-frontiers-in-hiv-and-sarcopenia
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Kellie L Hawkins, Todd T Brown, Joseph B Margolick, Kristine M Erlandson
: HIV infection, in many circumstances, can now be managed as a chronic disease due to the marked increase in life expectancy since the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). As the patients who first had access to combination ART age into their 50s and 60s, the effects of chronic HIV infection on health have become an important research focus in HIV infection. People living with HIV appear to exhibit an earlier occurrence of some aging-related conditions compared to people without HIV, in part due to higher rates of comorbidities, high-risk behaviors (e...
June 1, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470136/reducing-patients-falls-rate-in-an-academic-medical-center-amc-using-six-sigma-dmaic-approach
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Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Arun Vijay Subbarayalu
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of adopting the Six Sigma define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) approach in reducing patients fall rate in an Academic Medical Center, Saudi Arabia. Design/methodology/approach A prospective study design was adopted and this study was conducted at King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU) during the year 2014. Based on the historical data of the patients' falls reported at KFHU during the year 2013, the goal was fixed to reduce the falls rate from 7...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
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