According to recent reports almost 300,000 older people every year are victims of falls in NHS hospitals. In addition to this a further 2.5 million across England incur serious injuries in falls that happen at home.
For elderly people such a fall can hasten death depending on the circumstances surrounding it. The shock of a fall can certainly be very different for someone of advanced years than it would be for a much younger person.
NICE, which stands for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, is going to create guidelines for staff working within the NHS. The guidelines will be aimed at making sure patients are assessed when they are admitted to hospital. It is hoped this may prevent future potential accidents from occurring, and also reducing the odds that an accident might potentially occur while they are in hospital.
The plans also bring in the idea of additional support for anyone who is deemed to have a higher risk of falling. In these cases it will be necessary to gauge whether any risks are present at home and how to reduce these risks in order to prevent additional falls from happening at some point in the future.
How dangerous can a fall be for an elderly person?
Even though younger people may easily survive a fall without injury, the same cannot always be said of an elderly person. Our bones tend to become more brittle as we age, which means they can break more easily.
Furthermore the shock of a fall can be harder for an elderly person to recover from. As a result a situation which may not faze a younger person can lead to more serious injuries for the elderly, and perhaps even potentially lead to an earlier death than may otherwise have been the case.
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