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Falls Prevention and Management in Older People

Tuesday 6 December 2016
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Falls Prevention and Management in Older People
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All falls, even those that do not result in injury, can cause older patients and their family to feel anxious and distressed. For those who are frail, minor injuries from a fall can affect their physical function, resulting in reduced mobility, and undermining their confidence and independence.”
Falls and Fragility Audit Programme, 2016

“Falls and fall related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people, particularly those who have underlying pathologies or conditions. Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality resulting from injury in people aged 75 and older in the UK. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling. Around 30% of adults who are over 65 and living at home will experience at least 1 fall a year (approximately 2.5 million people in England). This rises to 50% of adults over 80 who are either at home or in residential care. Most falls do not result in serious injury, but annually approximately 5% of older people living in the community who fall experience a fracture or need hospitalisation. The Royal College of Physicians (2011) report Falling standards, broken promises highlights that falls and fractures in people aged 65 and over account for over 4 million hospital bed days each year in England alone. Falls in hospitals are the most common patient safety incidents reported in hospital trusts in England. The National Patient Safety Agency (2011) report Essential care after an inpatient fall states that each year around 282,000 patient falls are reported to the NHS England’s Patient Safety division from hospitals and mental health units. A significant minority of these falls result in death or in severe or moderate injury. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall. Falls are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3 billion per year. Therefore falling has an impact on quality of life, health and healthcare costs.” 
Falls in Older People Quality Standard, NICE

This conference focuses on falls prevention and management in older people, reducing falls and harm from falls, and monitoring progress against the National Quality Standard.

Sessions will focus on key elements of the quality standard including developing post fall protocols for every patient and secondary prevention. The conference will also discuss key elements in the reduction of falls in your service including underlying health issues, quality improvement methodology for falls, multidisciplinary assessment, frailty as falls, falls prevention, and managing  comorbidity. There will be a focus session on reducing inpatient falls and implementing the learning from the Broomfield Dignified Throne Toolkit; preventing falls in hospital toilets and bathrooms. Through expert sessions and case studies delegates will take back essential learning outcomes to change practice in their services.

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