Assessment of Fall Risk Etiology

Assessment of Fall Risk Etiology - #1

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Review assessments to consider in evaluating "falls".

Patient fall (home, institution)

Perform a “falls assessment” to determine possible contributing factors to patient falls.

American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention. Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

  1. List 10 possible underlying etiologies that may contribute to falls in elderly patients.
  2. Describe the assessment of falls, as outlined below in Figure 1.
  3. List 5 medical assessments/interventions that may be done to further assess potential fall etiologies.
You voted '3'.
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Suzanne Gehl, MD, Jennifer Scheeler, MD, Bonnie Bobot, MD, Heather Ho MD, Steven Denson, MD, Bambi Wessel