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  1. Content Article
    Medications and specifically fall-risk-increasing drugs (FRIDs) are associated with increased risk of falls: reducing their prescription may improve this risk. This study from Cox et al. explored patient characteristics associated with FRID use, prevalence and type of FRIDs and changes in their prescriptions among older people with arm fractures over 6 months. The study found that more than one FRID prescription had a significantly higher number of co-morbidities and medications and higher rates of male gender, polypharmacy, frailty and sarcopenia. The most frequently prescribed FRIDs were antihypertensives, opioids and antidepressants. Use of FRIDs among older people with upper limb fragility fractures was high. Although overall use decreased over time, 59% were still on 1 or more FRID at the 6-month follow-up, with trends to stop opioids and start antidepressants. Older people presenting with upper limb fractures should be offered a structured medication review to identify FRIDs for targeted deprescribing.
  2. Content Article
    A repository of resources aimed at patients and carers which have been co-produced by the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) patient and carer panel.
  3. News Article
    A dedicated team of 32 volunteers are hitting the roads across North Wales assisting the Welsh Ambulance Service in dealing with fallers. Based out of the Ambulance headquarters in St Asaph, the Community First Responder Falls Team was launched on 30 April this year and has already assisted almost 250 people. The team was created to use the talents and experience of the familiar Community First Responders (CFRs) who had to be stood down from their normal duties at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the full article here.
  4. News Article
    A Surrey hospital trust has become the first in the country to appoint a nurse dedicated to preventing patient falls and medication mix-ups. The consultant nurse has been appointed by Ashford and St Peter's (ASP) Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to reduce the number of patients who are injured while being treated at its sites. This includes looking at ways to reduce the amount of people who fall over, suffer with venous thromboembolism or experience tissue damage while in hospitals in north west Surrey. The trust says the harms prevention nurse will be the first in the country hired for such a role and will also work with the team who look at incidents of medication mix-ups and mistakes. Read full story Source: Surrey Live, 4 February 2020
  5. News Article
    Elderly people who suffer falls are having to wait up to six hours for an ambulance because of rising Covid pressures, a medical body has warned. The delays are due to paramedics having to prioritise 999 calls from people suffering from coronavirus related breathing difficulties. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Telegraph, 1 January 2021
  6. Content Article
    Each quarter, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation hosts a free webinar to address a central patient safety topic aligned with our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). Tune in here for a deep dive on APSS #14, Falls and Fall Prevention.
  7. Content Article
    From 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2019, NHS Resolution was notifed of 4,733 claims relating to manual handling. NHS Resolution has produced a 'Did you know' guide on manual handling.
  8. Content Article
    Tens of thousands of patients fall in health care facilities every year and many of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries. Find out how the participants in the Center for Transforming Healthcare’s seventh project are working to keep patients safe from falls.  
  9. Content Article
    Despite increasing recognition of the potential risks associated with in-hospital newborn falls among health professionals, new parents are frequently unaware of the possibility of dropping their newborn, especially in the hospital. Although most newborn falls do not result in lasting harm to the newborn, they may need additional healthcare services and cause stress to the parents.
  10. Content Article
    Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust have launched their new falls safety improvement video to highlight the importance of safe mobility in hospital. Watch the video and join the conversation on Twitter. 
  11. Content Article
    East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have been the recipients of the Patient Safety Learning Award 2019 for ‘Professionalising Patient Safety’ for our FallStop programme.
  12. Content Article
    FallStop is a quality improvement programme from the Falls Prevention Team at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. It was developed in 2016 when they found there was a high rate of falls at one of their hospitals and a failure to learn from incidents. A FallStop Practitioner co-ordinates the programme and delivers training.
  13. Content Article
    This amazing crafted wall was made by staff from Ward 1 at Clifton Hospital, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It explains what is required to prevent patient falling.
  14. Content Article
    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust have devised a patient leaflet to help patients play a role in their safety while at the hospital. 
  15. Content Article
    This paper published by Mangar Health gives an insight into the costs, personal and financial, of falls and how simple investment of equipment in the right place at the right time could potential save lives and significant money.
  16. Content Article
    The risks of accidentally dropping a baby are well known, particularly when a parent falls asleep while holding a baby; or when a parent or healthcare worker holding the baby slips, trips or falls. However, despite healthcare staff routinely using a range of approaches to make handling of babies as safe as possible, and advising new parents on how to safely feed, carry and change their babies, on rare occasions babies are accidentally dropped. This safety alert was issued after a consultant neonatologist raised concerns about an increase in the number of accidentally dropped babies in his organisation. A search of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) for a recent 12 month period identified; 182 babies who had been accidentally dropped in obstetric/ midwifery inpatient settings (eight with significant reported injuries, including fractured skulls and/or intracranial bleeds), 66 babies accidentally dropped on paediatric wards, and two in mother and baby units in mental health trusts. Almost all of these 250 incidents occurred when the baby was in the care of parents or visiting family members.
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