NICE (2013) defines a fall as ‘an unintentional or unexpected loss of balance resulting in coming to rest on the floor, the ground, or an object below knee level’.

The patients most at risk of falls tend to be of advancing age and frailty with debilitating co-morbidities and reduced bone mineral density, meaning that falls with even a modest impact of force can inflict significant trauma upon a patient. 

Learning bite

Falls occur when a patient lands below knee level. Advancing age and frailty make it a common and potentially dangerous occurrence.

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Linchie Nengminza Sangma September 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Advancing age makes a fall quite common and the defination of it is very helpfull.

Linchie Nengminza Sangma September 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Falls in elderly is a very common presentation in our ED. Hopefully this module will have me have a clear perspective and help me handle the patient more confidently

Denise Marie Wilkinson November 18, 2020 at 8:30 pm

Large proportion of work load are elderly fallers, difficult sometimes to ensure this is mechanical as they report

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