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Title: Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009
Developed by: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
Format: Manual
Availability: To download the guidelines and resources go to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s website: www.health.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/Content/FallsGuidelines
Target audience: Hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care.

The guidelines, endorsed by Australian Health Ministers’ Conference in November 2009, are designed to inform clinical practice. They will assist hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care providers to develop and implement practices that reduce the falls experienced by those receiving care and the harm sustained from falls.
The guidelines are in three documents, each one separately addressing a care setting; hospital, residential aged and community.
Each guideline has a smaller version called a guidebook which is designed for front line health professionals. The guidebooks provide the essential information needed when providing care for older people at risk of falling.
Currently the guidelines and support materials are not available in hard copies.

 

Title: Minimising the risk of falls and falls injuries: guidelines for acute, sub-acute and residential care settings
Developed by: The National Ageing Research Institute and Word Design Interactive
Format: A set of resources available on CD ROM or for download from the internet
Availability: www.health.vic.gov.au/qualitycouncil/pub/improve/falls.htm
Target audience: Hospitals and residential aged care facilities
These guidelines and resources were developed specifically for hospitals and residential aged care facilities. The guidelines are centred on a falls prevention framework (model) and incorporate a range of associated resources to support development and implementation of falls prevention activities in hospital and residential aged care facilities. The guideline pack contains:

The guidelines and research, tools and education supplements are aimed at the falls coordinator, or other person responsible for falls prevention in each hospital or facility who can use these in their falls prevention program. The quick reference guide and the guidelines contain information specifically aimed at the care of the individual patient or resident and are designed for use on the ward or facility.

 

Title: Clinical practice guideline for the assessment and prevention of falls in older people
Developed by: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care (NCC NSC) based at the Royal College of Nursing (United Kingdom)
Format: Guideline and resources in PDF format
Availability: External site:  www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=233391
Target audience: Community health, hospitals, residential aged care facilities

The guideline makes recommendations about the care of older people in the community, hospital or residential care who have either had a fall or who are considered at risk of falling.
The website provides access to the full guideline document, a quick reference guide (which includes an algorithm outlining an assessment and referral framework) and an abbreviated guideline document.

 

Title: Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult – Revised 2005 Guidelines
Developed by: Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (Canada)
Format: A set of resources available for download from the internet
Availability: Go to Registered Nurses Association of Ontario website to download the guidelines and resources < www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=924&ContentID=1119 >
Target audience: Hospitals and residential aged care facilities

 

The guidelines primarily targeting nursing staff make recommendations about the care of older people in hospital or residential care settings who have either had a fall or who are considered at risk of falling.
The guidelines kit consists of the full guidelines document, a summary of recommendations document, a demonstration slide show used in an implementation trial, and a training video.

 

Title: Queensland Stay On Your Feet® Toolkit
Developed by: Queensland Health
Format: A set of resources available for download from the internet
Availability: External site www.health.qld.gov.au/stayonyourfeet/toolkit/default.asp
Target audience: Community service providers and health professionals

This toolkit brings together evidence-based information about falls prevention and healthy active ageing strategies. It is based on a four phase Community Good Practice Model that includes investigating, planning, implementing and reviewing falls prevention strategies.
The toolkit is for individuals, organisations, health professionals and government departments working with older people. A CD version of the toolkit is also available for those with limited or no internet access.


 

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Last updated: 9 February, 2012
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