Author: Trishan Bali / Editor: Lauren Fraser / Codes:  / Published: 24/08/2020

Falls can be significantly debilitating and distressing events for patients. The elderly form an increasing proportion of the general population, meaning falls are a common presentation to the emergency department (ED); they can also prove to be complex and demand that the doctor play detective in uncovering the details before, during and after the fall of a patient who may, or may not, be able to provide a reliable recount of the events.

This learning session will allow for the exploration and revision of the definition, assessment and management of patients after a falls episode.

Learning objectives: 

  • You will be able to define a falling episode
  • You will explore the causative factors of a fall
  • You will gain greater awareness of the complications of a fall
  • You will gain greater confidence in assessing a patient after a fall
  • You will be aware of the pitfalls in approaching a patient following a fall


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