Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people

NICE guidelines [CG161] Published date:

Next review date: June 2015

This clinical guideline extends and replaces NICE clinical guideline 21 (published November 2004). It offers evidence-based advice on preventing falls in older people. New recommendations have been added about preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay.

All people aged 65 or older are covered by all guideline recommendations. People aged 50 to 64 who are admitted to hospital and are judged by a clinician to be at higher risk of falling because of an underlying condition are also covered by the guideline recommendations about assessing and preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay.

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