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Causes of unwitnessed falls among older inpatients:- What are the causes of unwitnessed falls among older inpatients?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- A large proportion of inpatient falls are unwitnessed. Although staff may deduce reasons for the fall and/or the patient (if able and if asked) may describe their own perception of what happened, research is needed to establish more objectively how and why these falls occur. Research would need to encompass a qualitative exploration of why older inpatients who are vulnerable to falling mobilise without asking for help.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Falls in older people: assessing risk and prevention
Date issued
June 2013

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 12/07/2013