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Preventing fall injuries among elderly by shock absorbing flooring
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences. (Centrum för Personsäkerhet)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4840-6424
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences. (Centrum för personsäkerhet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6928-0683
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences. (Centrum för Personsäkerhet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0293-1795
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background. Within nursing homes, the fall-related fracture incidence rate is between 5 and 10 %. For those living in nursing homes there are limited options for active fall injury prevention, due to physical impairments and diseases. Instead, passive fall injury prevention is a more realistic alternative. Shock absorbing flooring has been suggested as a potential passive safety measure for this group of individuals.

Aims/Objectives/Purpose. To evaluate the fall injury reducing effect of shock absorbing flooring in a nursing home setting in Sunne, Sweden.

Methods. The study is case controlled, with the shock absorbing flooring installed on one ward with a maximum of 12 residents and the other 5 wards are controls. The total number of residents including control wards is approximately 60. Baseline measurements are made with estimates of the risk of falling as well as the risk of fall-related injury.

Results/Outcome. After one year, there has been 22 falls on the shock absorbing flooring, with no resulting injury compared to 130 falls and 4 fractures on the control wards. An unexpected finding is that the acoustic environment has improved considerably, creating a calmer environment for the elderly.

Significance/Contribution to the field. To our knowledge, this is the first time a shock absorbing flooring has been tested and evaluated as a means of injury preventionin a nursing home. Although this is a pilot study, it contributes towards improved passive safety  for this frail group of elderly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Risk and Environmental Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16016DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040580b.19OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16016DiVA, id: diva2:573429
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11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion 1-4 October 2012, Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand
Note

Abstractet publicerat i Injury Prevention, 2012;18(Suppl 1):A1-A246

Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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