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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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