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Rehabil Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;41(1):54-9. doi: 10.1002/rnj.170. Epub 2014 Jul 17.

Identifying Risk Factors for Elder Falls in Geriatric Rehabilitation in Israel.

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1
Pat Matthews Academic School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel.
2
Department of Geriatrics, Shoham Medical Center, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To identify risk factors for elder falls in a geriatric rehabilitation center in Israel.

DESIGN:

Retrospective chart review study.

METHODS:

Four hundred and twelve medical records of inpatients in geriatric rehabilitation were retrospectively analyzed to compare between elders who sustained falls and those who did not.

FINDINGS:

Of elders hospitalized during this year, 14% sustained falls. Fallers included a high proportion of males, with little comorbidity, not obese, and cardiovascular patients. Falls occurred frequently during patients' first week at the facility, mostly during the daytime. The falls occurred frequently in patients' rooms, and a common scenario was a fall during transition.

CONCLUSIONS:

The research findings single out patients who are allegedly at a lower risk of falls than more complex patients.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

Caregivers in geriatric rehabilitation settings should pay attention to patients who are allegedly at a lower risk of falls than more complex patients, and to cardiovascular patients in particular.

KEYWORDS:

Elders; falls; geriatric rehabilitation; risk factors

PMID:
25042209
DOI:
10.1002/rnj.170
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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