|Title:||Guidelines for preventing falls and harm from falls in older people|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0068/10|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 6 January 2010|
|Description:||The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare recently released best practice clinical guidelines for falls prevention in for older people in hospital, residential care, and community care settings. This new suite of guidelines replace the 2005 edition. The guidelines and associated guidebooks provide an evidence-based resource for clinical practice. The Falls Prevention Health Network was involved in the consultation phase of the guidelines and endorses their use as the principal resource for falls prevention in Western Australia.|
|Applicable to:||Hospital care, residential care, community care, health professionals|
|Period of effect:||from 15 December 2009 to 15 December 2014|
|Review date:||15 December 2014|
|Authorised by:||Dr Simon Towler, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Chief Medical Officer, 06-Jan-2010|
|Print version:||View print version|
Guidelines for preventing falls and harm from falls in older people
For older people, falls remain one of the leading causes of harm in community and care settings. However, falls are not an inevitable part of ageing - many can be avoided if appropriate preventative measures are taken. To this end, guidelines to inform clinical practice have been developed to reduce the number of falls experienced by older people in care and the harm endured from them.
The Preventing falls and harm from falls in older people guidelines: Best practice guidelines for Australian hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care (2009) describe effective best-practice methods for reducing the chance of a fall in both community and care settings. The guidelines are an update from the 2005 edition. The 2009 edition has three separate volumes, to reflect the specific needs of the three main care settings in Australia – community care, residential aged care, and hospital care.
The update was lead by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. The Commission convened a panel of relevant experts, who drew on their own knowledge and experience, recent literature, and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The result is a comprehensive, evidence-based guideline for all health professionals providing care, which can be applied across all Australian care settings.
Dr Simon Towler
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 2:42pm