Each year, 30 percent of individuals over the age of 65 experience a fall, and 30 percent of those falls result in debilitating injuries. And the problems of falls in individuals age 65 and older is increasing as the population in this age group rises. Researchers in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic sought to identify ways of reducing the risk of patient harm resulting from falls, as well as key practices that could be shared across Mayo Clinic Health System to achieve the best patient outcomes.
The scope of this project entailed identifying "at risk" Mayo Clinic patients age 65 years and older in ambulatory settings at all Mayo Clinic sites, and implementing systematic fall screening processes at all Mayo Clinic sites.
Their poster presentation provides further details on findings and next steps for this project.