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Nursing Times Learning unit explores falls prevention

Nursing Times Learning has launched a new online Falls Prevention and Management unit to support nurses in reducing patients’ risk of falling.

The Nursing Times Learning unit aims to help nurses to understand the impact of falls on the individual and the factors that put patients at risk of falling.

The unit explores the role of medication and other causes of falls and explains the key recommendations in NICE guidance on falls.

Injuries caused by falls result in huge costs to the NHS and social services.

For those who fall the consequences can be devastating – even if they recover from their physical injuries many experience severe and enduring psychological trauma.

In order to reduce these human and financial costs, falls reduction is one of the eight high impact actions for nursing and midwifery.

Falls Prevention and Management is available FREE to all Nursing Times subscribers, and at £10+VAT to non-subscribers.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Ensuring the environment is well designed and decorated can have a massive impact on reducing the numbers of slips, trips and falls. Bright lighting, plain carpets, without connecting strips and good quality signage - at the right height are simple changes that will enable people to walk with more confidence and less chance of falling. Contrasting coloured toilet seats and support bars are proven to substantially reduce accidents in the toileting areas.

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  • Thank you NT for this learning experience. I am going to have a look see as I work with patients who have had falls. Thank you. More of the same please!

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