Updated NICE Guidance Says All Health Professionals Must Help Prevent Falls
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said all health professionals should ask older people about falls during routine reviews and assessments.
The updated standard, published today, says that health professionals should ask patients over 65 whether they have fallen or consider themselves at risk of falling.
It goes on to say that if an older person ever feels unsteady or loses their balance, they must be deemed at risk and referred to the relevant service.
Those identified as being at a high risk of falling should have an 'individualised multifactoral intervention,' which would look at factors that may cause a fall, such as nutrition, osteoperosis, muscle strength or medication.
According to NICE, around 255,000 older people in England end up in hospital due to falls, and that almost a third - 30 percent - of older people over 65 will fall at least once a year.
NICE deputy chief executive Gillian Leng said: "We know that prevention is better than cure when it comes to falls, particularly in older people.
"Asking older people about falls on a regular basis will identify those who are most at risk. Through this simple intervention, those people can then be referred to the right healthcare professional or service to stop them falling in the future."