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Characteristics of the Fall-Prone Patient

The Gerontologist (Impact Factor: 2.48). 09/1987; DOI: 10.1093/geront/27.4.516
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ABSTRACT Interviews, observational data, and quantitative data on physical condition were collected on 100 hospitalized patients at the time of a fall and compared with data from 100 randomly selected patients who had not fallen. Those who had fallen were more likely to have had a previous fall, presence of a secondary diagnosis, intravenous therapy, impaired gait, used walking aids, and have a poor mental status. Correctly classified by these variables were 80.5% of the patients. Examination of the falls and the false negative group revealed three types of patient falls: physiological anticipated, physiological unanticipated, and accidental falls. Appropriate preventive strategies for each type of fall are suggested.

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