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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725985/diversity-in-fall-characteristics-hampers-effective-prevention-the-precipitants-the-environment-the-fall-and-the-injury
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K M Sanders, K Lim, A L Stuart, A Macleod, D Scott, G C Nicholson, L Busija
Falls among the elderly are common and characteristics may differ between injurious and non-injurious falls. Among 887 older Australian women followed for 1.6 years, 32% fell annually. Only 8.5% resulted in fracture and/or hospital admission. The characteristics of those falls are indistinguishable from those not coming to medical attention. INTRODUCTION: The precipitants and environment of all falls occurring among a large cohort of older Caucasian women were categorised by injury status to determine if the characteristics differed between injurious and non-injurious falls...
July 19, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717918/-syncope-falls-and-vertigo
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REVIEW
C Weingart, H-J Schneider, C C Sieber
Dizziness/vertigo, falls and syncope are among the most common reasons for seeking medical care. As clinical entities they share common pathogenetic and clinical features and differences. The diagnostic work-up can often be initiated in a general practitioner's or internist's practice and, if necessary, completed in an interdisciplinary emergency unit. Simple diagnostic tools can be used in an outpatient setting to obtain valuable diagnostic information. First and foremost, it is important to differentiate between prognostically favorable clinical events and potentially serious disease...
July 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713844/epidemiology-diagnosis-and-management-of-neurogenic-orthostatic-hypotension
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Jose-Alberto Palma, Horacio Kaufmann
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a sustained fall in blood pressure on standing which can cause symptoms of organ hypoperfusion. OH is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and leads to a significant number of hospital admissions particularly in the elderly (233 per 100,000 patients over 75 years of age in the US). OH can be due to volume depletion, blood loss, large varicose veins, medications, or due to defective activation of sympathetic nerves and reduced norepinephrine release upon standing (i...
May 2017: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709461/do-public-nursing-home-care-providers-deliver-higher-quality-than-private-providers-evidence-from-sweden
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Ulrika Winblad, Paula Blomqvist, Andreas Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Swedish nursing home care has undergone a transformation, where the previous virtual public monopoly on providing such services has been replaced by a system of mixed provision. This has led to a rapidly growing share of private actors, the majority of which are large, for-profit firms. In the wake of this development, concerns have been voiced regarding the implications for care quality. In this article, we investigate the relationship between ownership and care quality in nursing homes for the elderly by comparing quality levels between public, for-profit, and non-profit nursing home care providers...
July 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699240/the-prevalence-of-peripheral-intravenous-cannulae-and-pattern-of-use-a-point-prevalence-in-a-private-hospital-setting
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Kelvin Wong, Alannah Cooper, Janie Brown, Leanne Boyd, Michele Levinson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: to determine the prevalence and pattern of use of peripheral intravenous cannula (PIVC) in hospital wards. BACKGROUND: PIVC are commonly used in acute health care to directly access the bloodstream for the administration of medications, intravenous fluids (IVF) and blood products. PIVC are associated with multiple adverse events including hospital acquired bloodstream infection, thrombophlebitis, and pain/discomfort. Administration of IVF is associated with impaired mobility and nocturia which may increase falls risk in the elderly...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694824/burden-and-correlates-of-falls-among-rural-elders-of-south-india-mobility-and-independent-living-in-elders-study
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Pawan Kumar Sharma, Clareann H Bunker, Tushar Singh, Enakshi Ganguly, P Sudhakar Reddy, Anne B Newman, Jane A Cauley
AIM: Falls are an important contributor to loss of function, morbidity, and mortality in elders. Little is known about falls in Indian populations. The objective of this cross-sectional report was to identify the prevalence and correlates of falls in a cohort of 562 rural southern Indian men and women. METHODS: Risk factors included demographics, anthropometrics, self-reported health, medical history, physical function, vision, depression, and lifestyle. Odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression...
2017: Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692451/the-value-of-musculoskeletal-ultrasound-in-geriatric-care-and-rehabilitation
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Büşra Can, Murat Kara, Özgür Kara, Zekeriya Ülger, Walter Frontera, Levent Özçakar
The WHO reports that one of the major chronic conditions affecting the elderly worldwide is musculoskeletal disorders that are associated with long-term pain and disability. Considering the healthcare needs of the elderly (i.e. comprehensive, accessible, efficient) and the advantages of ultrasound (US) use (patient-friendly, convenient, cost-effective, and does not require exposure to radiation or magnetic fields), there seems to be a 'gap' in the actual clinical practice. In this paper, we aimed to highlight the potential value of US imaging in the management of the elderly with a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions (degenerative/rheumatic joint diseases, falls/trauma, nursing care, peripheral nerve problems, sarcopenia, and interventions)...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688769/revisit-subsequent-hospitalization-recurrent-fall-and-death-within-6-months-after-a-fall-among-elderly-emergency-department-patients
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Jiraporn Sri-On, Gregory P Tirrell, Jonathan F Bean, Lewis A Lipsitz, Shan W Liu
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We seek to describe the risk during 6 months and specific risk factors for recurrent falls, emergency department (ED) revisits, subsequent hospitalizations, and death within 6 months after a fall-related ED presentation. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a retrospective cohort of elderly fall patients who presented to the ED from one urban teaching hospital. We included patients aged 65 years and older who had an ED fall visit in 2012. We examined the frequency and risk factors of adverse events (composite of recurrent falls, ED revisits, subsequent hospitalization, and death, selected a priori) at 6 months...
June 29, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641476/direct-medical-costs-of-accidental-falls-for-adults-with-transfemoral-amputations
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Benjamin Mundell, Hilal Maradit Kremers, Sue Visscher, Kurtis Hoppe, Kenton Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Active individuals with transfemoral amputations are provided a microprocessor-controlled knee with the belief that the prosthesis reduces their risk of falling. However, these prostheses are expensive and the cost-effectiveness is unknown with regard to falls in the transfemoral amputation population. The direct medical costs of falls in adults with transfemoral amputations need to be determined in order to assess the incremental costs and benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees...
June 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638514/internal-medicine-residents-ambulatory-management-of-core-geriatric-conditions
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Kathryn E Callahan, Lindsay A Wilson, Juliessa M Pavon, James F Lovato, Hal H Atkinson, Jan Busby-Whitehead, Thomas Dalton, Mitchell T Heflin, Patricia Iverson, Janice S Lawlor, Justin Marsden, William P Moran, Ellen Roberts, Jeff D Williamson
BACKGROUND: Adults aged 65 years and older account for more than 33% of annual visits to internal medicine (IM) generalists and specialists. Geriatrics experiences are not standardized for IM residents. Data are lacking on IM residents' continuity experiences with older adults and competencies relevant to their care. OBJECTIVE: To explore patient demographics and the prevalence of common geriatric conditions in IM residents' continuity clinics. METHODS: We collected data on age and sex for all IM residents' active clinic patients during 2011-2012...
June 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633472/association-between-subjective-sleep-quality-and-future-risk-of-falls-in-older-people-results-from-lohas
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Shiho Takada, Yosuke Yamamoto, Sayaka Shimizu, Miho Kimachi, Tatsuyoshi Ikenoue, Shingo Fukuma, Yoshihiro Onishi, Misa Takegami, Shin Yamazaki, Rei Ono, Miho Sekiguchi, Koji Otani, Shin-Ichi Kikuchi, Shin-Ichi Konno, Shunichi Fukuhara
Background: Inadequate sleep is correlated with morbidity and mortality among older adults. However, the longitudinal relationship between subjective sleep quality and risk of falls in the elderly remains to be clarified. Methods: Study participants were from Locomotive Syndrome and Health Outcome in Aizu Cohort Study (LOHAS) sites (1071 community-dwelling people ≧65 years of age, mean, 71 years). Subjective sleep quality was measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)...
June 17, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627232/development-and-validation-of-the-self-awareness-of-falls-in-elderly-scale-among-elderly-inpatients
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Meei-Ling Shyu, Hui-Chuan Huang, Mei-Jung Wu, Hsiu-Ju Chang
The objectives of this study were to develop the Self-Awareness of Falls in Elderly (SAFE) scale and test its reliability and validity among elderly inpatients. A cross-sectional study design and convenience sampling were used to test the validity and reliability of the SAFE scale. Explanatory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis yielded an acceptable goodness of model fit, confirming the 21 items in the SAFE scale that were distributed among four factors: awareness of activity safety and environment, awareness of physical functions, awareness of medication, and awareness of cognitive behavior...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625931/overview-of-the-risk-areas-associated-with-care-in-nursing-homes
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Delphine Teigné, Marion Lucas, Brice Leclère, Leila Moret, Noémie Terrien
As the number of dependant elderly people rises, the place occupied by nursing homes in the French health care system becomes more and more important, and the question of resident safety is more significant than ever. A transfer of the notions developed for hospitals is useful but insufficient, as they mainly focus on the technical facet of care. In order to propose a wider view of risk management in nursing homes, we reviewed the French medical literature published between 2005 and 2016 in search of articles about adverse events related to health care in French nursing homes...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577744/orthostatic-hypotension-a-review
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Adrien Joseph, Ruben Wanono, Martin Flamant, Emmanuelle Vidal-Petiot
Orthostatic hypotension, defined by a drop in blood pressure of at least 20mmHg for systolic blood pressure and at least 10mmHg for diastolic blood pressure within 3minutes of standing up, is a frequent finding, particularly in elderly patients. It is associated with a significant increase in morbidity and mortality. Although it is often multifactorial, the first favoring factor is medications. Other etiologies are divided in neurogenic orthostatic hypotension, characterized by autonomic failure due to central or peripheral nervous system disorders, and non-neurogenic orthostatic hypotension, mainly favoured by hypovolemia...
April 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551911/-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-factors-for-falls-that-caused-hip-fracture
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Atzmon Tsur, Nael Shakeer, Zvi Segal, Dorit Itah, Dana Eluz
INTRODUCTION: Among the reasons described as possibly causing falls in older and elderly people are extrinsic factors such as bumping into objects, slipping on a wet floor, etc., and intrinsic factors - those that occur suddenly without warning. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the connection between the reasons for falls, extrinsic or intrinsic and different medical and nonmedical factors. METHODS: The survey included 82 people, 53 women and 29 men, who fell and broke their hip, underwent surgery, and were treated at the Rehabilitation Department...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541763/fall-risk-screening-protocol-for-older-hearing-clinic-patients
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Robin E Criter, Julie A Honaker
OBJECTIVE: The primary purposes of this study were (1) to describe measures that may contrast audiology patients who fall from those who do not fall and (2) to evaluate the clinical performance of measures that could be easily used for fall risk screening in a mainstream audiology hearing clinic. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study Study sample: Thirty-six community-dwelling audiology patient participants and 27 community-dwelling non-audiology patients over 60 years of age...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
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/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/28520944/multiple-causes-of-syncope-in-the-elderly-diagnostic-outcomes-of-a-dutch-multidisciplinary-syncope-pathway
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Susanne C de Ruiter, Johan F H Wold, Tjeerd Germans, Jaap H Ruiter, René W M M Jansen
Aims: To assess the diagnostic outcomes of a multidisciplinary pathway for elderly syncope patients. Methods and results: Observational cohort study at a Fall and Syncope Clinic, including consecutive syncope patients aged ≥65 years between 2011 and 2014. Measurements: The sort, number, and accuracy of diagnoses resulting in syncope. Secondary outcomes: reliability of the medical history and the number of electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities. The 117 included patients (72% females) had a mean age of 80 ± 6...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500017/tablet-based-well-being-check-for-the-elderly-development-and-evaluation-of-usability-and-acceptability
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Pradeep Ray, Junhua Li, Arni Ariani, Vasvi Kapadia
BACKGROUND: Many elderly people prefer to live at home independently. One of the major concerns raised by the family members is the safety and well-being of their elderly family members when living independently in a home environment. To address this issue, assistive technology solutions have been available in the market. Despite their availability and proliferation, these types of solutions are not popular with the elderly due to their intrusive nature, privacy-related issues, social stigma, and fear of losing human interaction...
May 12, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
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