Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Gerontologist. 1993 Apr;33(2):200-4.

Falls in dementia patients.

Author information

  • 1Center for Clinical Decision Analysis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

We analyzed the number and nature of falls in a nursing home for elderly patients with dementia. Staff reported 1,343 falls over a 2-year period in 240 patients, a rate of about 4 falls per person year. The risk of falling was especially high shortly after admission and after transfer to another ward, increased with severity of the dementia and physical impairment, and decreased for very severely demented or physically handicapped patients. Men had twice the risk of falling of women. Most incidents were relatively harmless, but 33 fractures were reported. The most common causes for falls were "inadequate (use of) materials, stumbling, or slipping" (17%) and "gait and equilibrium disturbances" (16%).

PMID:
8468012
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk