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Preventing falls in the aged: a challenge in patient safety

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Luís Sousa ,
Luís Sousa

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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João Tomás ,
João Tomás

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Sandy Severino ,
Sandy Severino

1Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Susana Valido ,
Susana Valido

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Maria João Santos ,
Maria João Santos

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Helena José ,
Helena José

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Abstract

Falls and fall-related injuries are considered an important public health problem, with implications for the health and well-being of older people and society in general. This review aims to analyze updates on the topic of falls, in order to understand the magnitude of the problem, associated factors and main preventive interventions. Assessment and intervention must be multifactorial and directed at clinical and environmental factors. Education and promotion of physical activity and exercise emerge as the most effective interventions in reducing the risk of falls in older people. From this reflection emerge the bases for the practice and formulation of health policies in the area of patient safety, in order to minimize the risks of falls and their occurrence in aged people, in hospital environments and community contexts.

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Sousa L, Tomás J, Severino S, Valido S, Santos MJ, José H. Preventing falls in the aged: a challenge in patient safety. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];4:1000. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/1000

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