29 January 2008

Sleeping pills associated with nursing home falls

Selective restraints and reduced medication could reduce nursing home falls says 4-year study
EurekAlert: 14 January 2007
Selectively restraining elderly residents and giving them fewer sleeping pills could significantly reduce falls, according to a survey of 21 nursing home units published in the January issue of Journal of Clinical Nursing.

The four-year study, led by the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, analysed 2,343 reported falls and fractures in five municipal homes to find out how they related to fall risk assessments and the use of safety belts, wheelchairs and sleeping pills.... > full story

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