Volume 7, Issue 1: Falls in Older PeopleAuthor: Richard Gough
Falls in older people – more than just a “lift only”!
The shift begins with a seemingly routine call to an older person who has fallen from a seated position and cannot get up. Your crew mate thinks this is just a routine “fall, lift only”… Can you assess the risk of serious injury and manage them appropriately?
This issue explores the topic of falls in older people and recent evidence that this demographic of patients are at particular risk of major trauma. There is coverage of anatomy and physiology, and discussion about the particular risk factors you should be taking account of during your assessment.
Recent analysis of data from the Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN) has shown there to be a significant change in the distribution of trauma, in terms of age and mechanism of injury (MOI). Young males involved in RTCs are no longer the most common patients with major trauma. After completing this issue you should be aware of additional risk factors for older patients, such as the greater potential for an older patient to have suffered major trauma from a standing height fall. This will help ensure you make an accurate assessment and the right decision about patient management.
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