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Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult

Purpose

The purpose of this guideline is to increase all nurses’ confidence, knowledge, skills and abilities in the identification of adults within health care facilities at risk of falling and to define interventions for the prevention of falling. It does not include interventions for prevention of falls and fall injuries in older adults living in community settings. The guideline has relevance to areas of clinical practice including acute care and long-term care, and will assist nurses to apply the best available research evidence to clinical decisions, and to promote the responsible use of health care resources. Specifically, Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult will assist nurses to: 

  • Identify risk factors for falls;
  • Decrease the incidence of falls; and
  • Decrease the incidence of injurious falls.

Contents

  • Summary of Recommendations
  • Interpretation of Evidence
  • Responsibility for Development
  • Purpose & Scope 
  • Original Guideline Development Process – 2000
  • Revision Process – 2005
  • Definition of Terms
  • Background Context
  • Practice Recommendations
  • Education Recommendations
  • Organization & Policy Recommendations
  • Research Gaps & Future Implications
  • Evaluation/Monitoring of Guideline
  • Implementation Strategies
  • Process for Update/Review of Guideline
  • References
  • Bibliography
Contact Person/Organization: 

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 
2002; Revised 2005; 2011
Videos: 

Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult