Resources for health professionals
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The purpose of the Timed up and Go (TUG) test is to assess mobility.
Wearing their regular footwear and walking aid if needed, the test begins with the older person sitting normally in a chair. You then time them as they stand, walk three metres (10 feet), turn around, walk back to the chair and sit down again.
An older adult who takes ≥12 seconds to complete the TUG has a high risk of falling.
You can download a comprehensive guide from the Stay Independent Toolkit for Clinicians here.
New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry
Over 4,000 New Zealanders suffer from a hip fracture annually. The Hip Fracture Registry will allow for better analysis of national data, and improve quality and consistency of care after a hip fracture through the use of a set of key quality indicators. Go to the Australia and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry site to find out more.
Reducing harm from falls
The Health Quality & Safety Commission ‘Reducing harm from falls’ programme focuses on older people receiving care, whether in hospital, residential care, or in their own home.
The programme has 10 topics in reducing harm from falls, which are a set of learning activities that bring together evidence, clinical guidelines and recommendations for best practice with resources to support your falls prevention improvement projects.
Ask, Assess, Act
The Ask Assess Act resources developed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission for health professionals are popular and practical to use.
A range of resources are available on the Health Quality & Safety Commission website including:
- Pocket cards
This programme has 10 topics in reducing harm from falls, which are a set of learning activities that bring together evidence, clinical guidelines and recommendations for best practice with resources to support your falls prevention improvement projects.
The 10 topics are:
- Topic 1: Falls in older people – the impacts
- Topic 2: Which older person is at risk of falling? Ask, assess, act
- Topic 3: Falls risk assessment and care planning – what really matters?
- Topic 4: Safe environment and safe care: essential in preventing falls
- Topic 5: After a fall: what should happen?
- Topic 6: Why hip fracture prevention and care matters
- Topic 7: Vitamin D and falls: what you need to know
- Topic 8: Medicines: balancing benefits and falls risks
- Topic 9: Improving balance and strength to prevent falls
- Topic 10: An integrated approach to falls in older people: what is your part
Stay Independent Toolkit for Clinicians
The Stay independent falls prevention toolkit for clinicians comprises helpful resources to encourage older people to self-assess their falls risk and follow with a conversation with their health professional.
The toolkit was adapted for the New Zealand setting by bpacnz. It is based on materials for Stopping Elderly Accidents Death and Injuries developed by the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.]