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fall

 [fawl]
a coming down freely, usually under the influence of gravity.
risk for f's a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as increased susceptibility to falling that may cause physical harm.

fall

[fawl]
a coming down freely, usually under the influence of gravity.

fall

Drug slang
verb A regional term meaning to get arrested (for drug-related crime).

Public health
noun A precipitous drop from a height, or from a higher to a lower position, which is often accompanied by injuries.
 
Epidemiology
30% of those > 65 years old fall/year; 10–15% suffer injuries, such as fractures of the hip (1%) and other sites (5%), and soft tissue injuries (5%); it is the 6th-leading cause of death in the elderly.
 
Risk factors
Postural hypotension; use of sedatives; use of 4+ prescription medicines; impaired arm or leg movement, strength, balance or gait; fall survivors suffer from functional decline in activities of daily living and a increased risk of institutionalisation.

Management
Fall risk in the elderly can be decreased with exercise and endurance, flexibility, dynamic balance and resistance training, behaviour modification, and adjustment of medications.

fall

Public health A precipitous drop from a height, or from a higher position, which may be accompanied by injuries Epidemiology 30% of those > 65 yrs old fall/yr; 10-15% suffer injuries–eg, hip Fx–1% and other sites–5%, and soft tissue injuries–5%; it is the 6th leading cause of death in the elderly Risk factors Postural hypotension, use of sedatives, use of 4+ prescription medicines, impaired arm or leg movement, strength, balance, or gait; fall survivors suffer from functional decline in ADL and a ↑ risk of institutionalization; fall risk in the elderly can be ↓ with exercise and endurance, flexibility, dynamic balance, and resistance training, behavior modification, adjustment of medications

fall

in dog conformation, hair that hangs over the face.
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Pediatric Inpatient Falls (Graf-PIF), CHAMPS, Cummings scale, Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) scale, and the Humpty Dumpty Fall Scale (Kramlich & Dende, 2016).
The main purpose of the study was to observe the frequency of fall rates in different hospitals.
The pilot study [6] determined acceleration thresholds for fall detection, using triaxial accelerometric measurements at the waist, wrist, and head.
Toileting-related falls were identified previously on the basis of content analyses of the same set of fall incident reports as this current study to identify the scenarios/themes of toileting-related falls and fall injuries occurring in adult acute inpatient care settings (Tzeng, 2010).
Follow-Up Activities Among Older Adults with More Than One Fall in the Past Year Received Medical Care Because of Fall 46.
Most people had an accurate perception of their fall risk.
With an aging population, China's labor participation rate (L/P) is going to fall in the decades to come.
As a result, some older people stop leaving the house, which makes them even weaker, less confident, and more likely to fall.
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Anyone with agitation or delirium is 20 times more likely to fall than someone who is calm and alert.