Early experience of a fall and fracture prevention clinic at Mayo General Hospital.
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CitationEarly experience of a fall and fracture prevention clinic at Mayo General Hospital. 2010, 179 (2):277-8 Ir J Med Sci
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractFalls in the elderly are a significant public health problem. Previous studies have shown that most falls are multifactorial and an efficacious way of reducing the risk of falling is provided by a falls clinic.
A falls clinic runs every 2 weeks at Mayo General Hospital; we report on the activity of this clinic during its first year.
We performed a chart review and collected the following data. Thirty-seven patients attended the clinic. All patients were seen by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, physician and pharmacist. Six patients had a further fall within a 12-month period; 2 of these suffered a further fracture. No patients were readmitted to hospital.
The results show a reduction in fall occurrence from previously reported rates in this at-risk population. We find the falls clinic a convenient and effective method of managing elderly people who are at increased risk of falling.
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