The likelihood of falling
increases with the use of neuroleptic and antipsychotic drugs.
The MFS (Morse, 2009) was chosen as the evidence-based instrument to assess patients' risk for falling
(low <25, medium 25-50, high >51).
They used the same kind of statistical test to determine whether grip strength alone or slow walk speed alone (1 meter per second or slower) affected chances of falling
. These statistical tests simultaneously consider several factors that may affect chances of falling
, such as age, race, weight, and other illnesses.
Only 10% of appropriate medical record documentation has been reported for geriatric cancer patients who self-reported recent falling
(8) This scale is a short, easy-to-administer tool that measures the level of concern about falling
during social and physical activities inside and outside the home, whether or not the person actually does the activity.
"We're seeing increasing numbers of adults falling
every year and that's expected to continue due to the aging of the country.
However, children with medical conditions, such as neurological issues, may be at greater risk for falling
(Harvey, Kramlich, Chapman, Parker, & Blades, 2010).
It has been estimated that 424,000 people die each year all over the world because of falls and 80% of these incidents occur in low- or middle-income countries.8 Most of the time, patients aged above 65 years are the victims.9 Due to unexplained reasons, females appear to have greater risk of falling
after excluding physical and social cofounders.10 Every year 37.3 million cases of falls acquire a degree of severity that need medical attention.11
New data on the height of falls can help to quantify the increased risks of severe injury and death due to falling
to a lower level from a height.
"Our free guide 'Avoiding slips, trips and falls' will give you advice about how to reduce the risk of falling
, dealing with the fear of falling
and what to do if you do have a fall.
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Three different detection algorithms with increasing complexity were investigated using two or more of the following phases of a fall event: start of the fall, falling
velocity, fall impact, and posture after the fall.