On Sunday, Robert W. Stock of AOLnews discussed how over the past preventative falls have increased over 50% without explanation. The catch to this story is that the rise in falls never happened; they have been merely been catalogued more since an update in federal death certificate laws in the 1990s. Mr. Stock goes onto to speak about two studies that attempt to lower the rise in preventative falls; one of which was led by Patricia Dykes, DNSc, RN, FAAN, an INQRI grantee. Dr. Dykes research team, co-led by Blackford Middleton, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.-C.I.R.D, found that computer-enabled nursing directions specifically created for each individual patient can considerably reduce falls among the elderly.
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