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I am not falling for you!


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Presentation given to the AIGNA Conference in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.
The presentation is about a bone health educational programme developed for the staff by the staff at St Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

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I am not falling for you!

  1. 1. Bone Health in the Park
  2. 2. I am not falling for you! Daragh Rodger Clinical Nurse Specialist Health Promotion and Assessment of the Older Adult Anne Spencer Educational Technologist
  3. 3. Clinical Background / Role <ul><li>Clinical Nurse Specialist in Health Promotion and Assessment of the Older Adult </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Ageing Clinic – St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Project Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content & Content Development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Role of Education Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Development </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the differing educational components </li></ul>
  5. 5. Background
  6. 6. Falls Facts <ul><li>7250 older people admitted to hospital each year from falls related injuries </li></ul><ul><li>2800 admissions to hospital each year due to hip fractures. Less than 1/3 go home afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>Falls related injuries are the biggest cause of injury death in older people </li></ul><ul><li>600 deaths from falls related injuries in 2004 in Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004 cost of falls in older people is €402million per annum </li></ul>
  7. 7. Forecasting <ul><li>By 2030 there will be an additional 500,000 older people living in Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of falls in older adults is expected to rise to over 2 billion Euros </li></ul><ul><li>This cost is due to falls related injuries </li></ul><ul><li>These fractures can be as a result of osteoporosis </li></ul>
  8. 8. Osteoporosis <ul><li>Incidence in Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>At present it is estimated that 300,000 people in Ireland have osteoporosis </li></ul><ul><li>The disease affects all age groups and both sexes </li></ul><ul><li>Osteoporosis affects 1 in 5 men and 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Ageing population </li></ul><ul><li>In 2030 a number of the present day work force will be over 50 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>In 2030 many of us may/will fall and will be a statistic </li></ul><ul><li>Through education we can help reduce these figures </li></ul>Real Life Facts
  10. 10. Impact on Older Adult <ul><li>Where we work - Care of the Older Adult – all settings </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of these figures on our client group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of independence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suffering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Severe disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for home support </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Impact on Society <ul><li>Loss to family and community </li></ul><ul><li>Cost - Overstretched economy </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of services home care, respite care, extended care </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive approach required rather than reactive </li></ul><ul><li>Education is key </li></ul>
  12. 12. Aims <ul><li>The aim of this education resource is: </li></ul><ul><li>To create an awareness of the real life facts </li></ul><ul><li>Better inform individuals in making the right choices to ensure good bone health for their future and the future of others </li></ul>
  13. 13. Objectives <ul><li>To ensure healthcare staff have a basic understanding of bone health, falls awareness and osteoporosis </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure healthcare staff develop an awareness of those at risk of falls </li></ul><ul><li>To highlight the impact of falls on the older adult </li></ul><ul><li>To educate healthcare staff on their own bone health </li></ul><ul><li>To enable healthcare staff to use their new knowledge in practice </li></ul>
  14. 14. Content of the Educational Programme <ul><li>Bone health and bone development </li></ul><ul><li>Diet </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Falls awareness/Falls prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Osteoporosis </li></ul>
  15. 15. St Mary’s Hospital - Overview <ul><li>339 clients (assessment, rehabilitation, intermittent care, respite care, complex discharge, palliative care, young chronically ill extended care and extended care for the older adult) </li></ul><ul><li>Outpatient services </li></ul><ul><li>400+ staff across all clinical and non-clinical services </li></ul><ul><li>Impossible to bring all to classroom for formal education </li></ul><ul><li>Extend target audience to families and friends </li></ul>
  16. 16. Educational Technology Anne Spencer MSc, BA (Hons), DipN, RN
  17. 17. Clinical Background / Role <ul><li>Critical Care Sister </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Technologist </li></ul>
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  29. 29. Tools used to develop the educational resources for St Mary’s <ul><li>Articulate Studio – Presenter, Engage, Quizmaker </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>iWeb </li></ul><ul><li>iPhoto </li></ul><ul><li>iMovie </li></ul><ul><li>Garageband </li></ul><ul><li>MS PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Wikkimedia images </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin MacLeod – Music </li></ul><ul><li>Staff and Families </li></ul>
  30. 30. Irish people suffer unnecessarily from falls, fractures and poor bone health. Falls and fractures in our ageing population can be and should be prevented. Falls Strategy, 2008
  31. 31. Launched 27 th May 2011 St Mary’s Hospital Staff Health Fair
  32. 32. <ul><li>Increase in staff morale </li></ul><ul><li>An initiative for the staff and their families </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters collaborative working </li></ul><ul><li>Common objective </li></ul>Feedback to date
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  34. 34. <ul><li>All staff to work through the programme - allocated time </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate of completion </li></ul><ul><li>Updated personal records </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital has documented evidence of Falls Awareness training for all staff groups </li></ul>Evaluation
  35. 35. References <ul><li>Irish Osteoporosis Society – </li></ul><ul><li>Gannon, B., O Shea, E., Hudson B. (2007) The economic cost of falls and fractures in people aged  65 and over in Ireland.  Technical Report to NCAOP/HSE/DOHC The Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway . </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Irelands Ageing population (2008) HSE, Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Dodds, M.K., Codd, M.B., Looney, A., Mulhall, K.J. (2009) Incidence of hip fracture in the Republic of Ireland and future projections: a population–based study. Osteoporosis International 20 2105-2110 </li></ul><ul><li>Currie, C. Treml, J. (2010) National Hip Fracture Database. GM 40:11 639-642. Full report available from </li></ul>
  36. 36. Presentation available at