REFINE (Reducing Falls in In-patient Elderly): a randomised controlled trial
Vass, Catherine D. and Sahota, Opinder and Drummond, Avril and Kendrick, Denise and Gladman, John and Sach, Tracey and Avis, Mark and Grainge, Matthew (2009) REFINE (Reducing Falls in In-patient Elderly): a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 10 (Septem). 9/1-9/9. ISSN 1745-6215
Official URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/10/1/83
Background: Falls in hospitals are common, resulting in injury and anxiety to patients, and large costs to NHS organisations. More than half of all in-patient falls in elderly people in acute care settings occur at the bedside, during transfers or whilst getting up to go to the toilet. In the majority of cases these falls are unwitnessed. There is insufficient evidence underpinning the effectiveness of interventions to guide clinical staff regarding the reduction of falls in the elderly inpatient. New patient monitoring technologies have the potential to offer advances in falls prevention. Bedside sensor equipment can alert staff, not in the immediate vicinity, to a potential problem and avert a fall. However no studies utilizing this assistive technology have demonstrated a significant reduction in falls rates in a randomised controlled trial setting.
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