NHS tech roll-out helps combat falls among elderly

NHS tech roll-out helps combat falls among elderly

Digital checks that can prevent dementia and falls in older people and save lives are among a range of tools being made available in hospitals across the country, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

One in eight hospital patients is affected by delirium, which can make people unsteady on their feet, increases the risk of developing dementia and can result in longer hospital stays or admission to a care home.

However, these problems can be avoided through timely and effective care, with a scheme in Salford increasing the number of patients correctly diagnosed with delirium by 34%, through the introduction of screening for all over-65s who are admitted to hospital. Doctors and nurses run through a symptoms checklist on a mobile computer or handheld device.

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