Evaluating fall risk

Scientific backing has been provided for FallSkip, a digital tool that allows clinicians to evaluate an older person’s risk of falling.  According to FallSkip, 30% of people over 65 and 50% of those over 80 fall at least once a year, falls which in more than 70% of cases have clinical consequences.  The device, made by Valencia-based IBV, analyses the person’s biomechanical response when performing particular actions.  According to a paper just published in the International Journal of Older People Nursing (Perez-Ros et al, 14 October), FallSkip has “greater discriminatory power in evaluating the risk of falls than other tools.”