Friday, August 29, 2008

DCC: Stepped-Up Fall Prevention Needed in Acute Alzheimers and Dementia Care

By Crystal Phend, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
GARDEN GROVE, Calif., -- Fall prevention for Alzheimers and other dementia patients during acute care in hospitals may require the same approaches used in long-term care facilities, researcher found.

Low beds, bed alarms, an emphasis on understanding patient agitation and behavior, and other non-restraint interventions introduced at an inpatient geriatric psychiatry ward reduced the number of falls by close to 60%, according to Ben Inventor, C.N.P., of Rush Medical Center in Chicago, and colleagues.

Findings from the single-center study suggested that strategies borrowed from long-term care were feasible and effective in the acute treatment of dementia patients, Inventor said at the Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Conference here.

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