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Two New Publications on Shock Absorbing Floors and Falls

Age Ageing September 2013In the September 2013 issue of Age and Ageing these two publications look at shock absorbing floors, the first, a Pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of flooring to reduce injuries from falls in wards for older people shows there are less injurious and less moderate/major injurious falls when shock absorbing floors were used. However concerns were raised about pushing equipment and further study is needed.

The second, Cost–utility analysis of a shock-absorbing floor intervention to prevent injuries from falls in hospital wards for older people, concludes that "the shock-absorbing flooring intervention has the potential to be cost-effective but further research is required on whether the intervention flooring results in a higher faller rate than standard flooring".

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