Evidence based practice and research for falls prevention

State

Falls Prevention Model of Care for WA

The Falls Prevention Model of Care (PDF 1.31MB) provides a vision for the future of falls prevention in WA and articulates a best practice approach to reduce:

  • falls risk
  • fall incidents
  • falls-related injuries.

Post-Fall Management Guidelines in Western Australian Healthcare Settings

The OD 0442/13 Post-Fall Management Guidelines in Western Australian Healthcare Settings (external site) standardise inpatient post-fall assessment, management and follow-up across the State.

National

Standard 10 – Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (external site) were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

The Standards are mandatory in Australia for hospitals to acquire accreditation.

The primary aims of the Standards are to:

  • protect the public from harm
  • improve the quality of care provided by health care organisations.

Specific to falls care is Standard 10 Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls (external site).

Standard 10 is the guide to develop systems for:

  • preventing falls including screening and/or assessing patients for falls risk
  • having multifactorial falls prevention strategies in place to reduce the incidence of patient falls and to minimise harm.

Best practice guidelines for Australian settings

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) (external site) have developed the 2009 Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian settings:

The guidelines, and associated support materials, provide an evidenced-based and nationally consistent basis for falls prevention across the healthcare continuum.

International

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence falls guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (external site) contributes to better health around the world through the more effective and equitable use of resources. They have developed the Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people guidelines (external site) which provide recommendations for the assessment and prevention of falls in older people.

Cochrane reviews

The conclusions made:

The conclusions made:

  • overall multifactorial interventions in hospital reduce the rate of falls but not the risk of falling in care facilities
  • vitamin D supplementation reduced the rate of falls, but not the risk of falls.

Prevention of Falls Network Earth

The work of Prevention of Falls Network Earth (ProFaNE) (external site) provides support to falls prevention professionals worldwide through the provision of current and evidence based information. A subscription fee is required in order to become a member and access the information.

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