Prediction of Falls in Older Inpatients Hospitalized at Angers University Hospital

Overview

The primary objective of this study is to elaborate a new simple clinical tool for the risk of falls among older inpatients.

Full Title of Study: “Nurse Screening Tool for Fall Risk : Prediction of Falls in Older Inpatients Hospitalized at Angers University Hospital”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: November 2013

Detailed Description

Falling is a common event within hospitals, with a rate calculated between 2.9-13 per 1,000 bed-days . Falls lead to prolonged length of hospital stays (LHS). The first step of an efficient and cost-effectiveness strategy of fall prevention is the screening of individuals at higher risk of falls. Recently, a brief geriatric assessment (BGA) composed of a few number of items has demonstrated to successfully predict the risk of prolonged LHS (5). We hypothesized that the use of the BGA items would make it possible to predict the occurrence of falls among older inpatients.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Clinical characteristics (i.e., Brief geriatric assessment items)
    • Time Frame: recorded at baseline when older adult were admited to acute care units.

Secondary Measures

  • Occurrence of falls
    • Time Frame: assessed between 2 and 21 hospitalization days
  • Number of falls
    • Time Frame: assessed between 2 and 21 hospitalization days
  • Severity of falls
    • Time Frame: assessed between 2 and 21 hospitalization days

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age ≥ 65 years
  • participants who did not issue opposition to participation in the study
  • Patients hospitalized at the University Hospital of Angers in acute care units participating in study
  • Being affiliated to a social security regime

Exclusion Criteria

  • Opposition to the use of information collected for research purposes.
  • Age < 65 years

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 65 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • University Hospital, Angers
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor

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