FIPC Research: Falls and head injury - Queensland Stay On Your Feet®
The aim of this study was to identify risk for serious head injury when a person falls, using routinely reported clinical incident reporting data. A number of risk factors for serious fall-related head injuries were identified as follows:
- women were at more risk than men
- falls that occurred during altered consciousness (fainting) presented more risk
- falls when a person is standing presented more risk.
Future research should be directed at identifying causal relationships and in developing interventions that target specific modifiable risk factors.