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Approximately 22,000 New Zealanders aged 75+ are hospitalised each year for injuries due to falls. In 2010-11, 1,875 people aged 75+ were admitted to Christchurch Hospital via the Emergency Department as a result of a fall in the community. In the same year 38 elderly patients were seriously harmed from a fall while in Canterbury District Health Board hospitals. Older people who are injured as a result of a fall are more likely to lose confidence and independence, are at greater risk of falling while in our care, stay in hospital longer and may not return to independent living. Reducing falls helps the older population to stay safe and well in their own homes.
The Canterbury Health System is working together to reduce the harm caused by falls in our hospitals and reduce the incidence of falls in our communities. There is clear evidence of how effective falls prevention strategies are, in reducing this harm. Research supports the value of both multi-factorial and single factor interventions in preventing falls in older adults.
We are committed to achieving zero harm from falls and are focusing on the three key areas
falls prevention in the wider community,
falls prevention in rest homes and
falls prevention for older people receiving care in Canterbury DHB hospitals
Read more about the April Falls Awareness Campaign in our news section.
Open for better care. National Health & Safety Campaign
Reducing Harm from Falls: Health Quality & Safety Commission
Community Based Falls Prevention Programme
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Exercises for strength and balance - staff resource
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