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Medical Factors

The specifics of this would depend very much on what medical falls risk factors are identified (or suspected). The following is some advice for a number of the more commonly identified factors.

Addressing impaired vision

  • Ensure ample lighting without glare. Use soft white bulbs, indirect lighting and blinds.

  • Consider contrast to mark the edge of stairs, as well as contrast on handrails, door frames and grab bars.

  • Avoid wearing reading glasses while walking.

  • If the person has severe visual impairment, identification and modification of environmental hazards can decrease the risk of further falls.

  • Refer to an ophthalmologist - if impaired vision is from cataracts, expedited surgery for the first cataract can reduce the risk for falling and enduring a fracture.

 

 

Treatment of postural hypotension

  • Diagnosis and treat underlying cause.

  • Review medications: reduce and try to stop medications suspected as causing or contributing to the problem when appropriate.

  • Ensure adequate fluid intake especially when febrile, during a bout of the "stomach flu" and in hot weather.

  • Modification of salt restriction when appropriate.

  • Use compensatory strategies (e.g., elevate head of the bed, rise slowly, dorsiflex feet before getting up).

  • Use pressure gradient stockings (preferably thigh high) where appropriate.

  • Consider pharmacological therapy (e.g., fludrocortisone, midodrine) if above unsuccessful and no contraindications.

 

Treatment of cardiovascular disorder

  • If syncopal falls are suspected, refer to a cardiologist.

 

 

Treatment of Osteoporosis

  • Refer to Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis

  • Hip protectors (a device that absorbs and/or shunts away the energy of the impact of a fall from the greater trochanter) may have a role in preventing hip fractures among those at high risk of falls who are willing and able to wear them.

  • Hip protectors can be worn like underwear or on top of underwear.

  • Older adults who have fallen more than once, have poor balance or have already had a hip fracture due to osteoporosis should consider wearing them.

  • Hip protectors only help when they are being worn and are maintained in the proper position over the greater trochanters.

  • Contact local medical supply companies to obtain information on brands and costs.

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