Falls From The Elderly : Falls Essay

1768 Words Apr 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Falls In The Elderly
Kayla Bales
Baker University School of Nursing

NU 322: Fundamentals of Nursing Ranee Seastrom & Teresa Faust
April 12, 2016
Falls are defined as an “unplanned descent to the floor” according to Salamon, Victory, & Bobay, (2012). There are different categories of falls which include accidental, anticipated physiologic falls, unanticipated falls, and intentional falls. An example of an accidental fall would be tripping over something on the floor. Anticipated falls have to do with gait imbalances and medications while unanticipated falls are like seizures and are unexpected. Finally intentional falls are when patients want to fall (Taylor, Lillis, Lynn, et al, 2015). Falls can occur at any age but the people who are more prone to falls are over the age of 65. According to Chaudhuri, Thompson, & Demiris (2014) one in every three people over the age of 65 fall on average of one time per year. Falls occur for many different reasons and have many risk factors, but most can be prevented. Falls are a safety concern because they can cause serious injuries, including fractures which could lead to infection and potentially death if infection goes untreated. If nurses identify risk factors for their patients, monitor their patients often, and assist them with mobility and therapy falls can be reduced. Fall risk increases with age, those over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk. Nearly 30-40% of people over 65 fall at least once per year. Falls…

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