Fall PreventionBarak Gaster, MD Literature reviewed January 15, 2007. Updated December 10, 2008
An 83-year-old woman with known osteoporosis (recent T-score of -2.7) presents because she has fallen twice in the past 2 months. She denies light-headedness, loss of consciousness, or palpitations. Her falls have not been associated with incontinence or confusion.
- She lives in a group home for seniors
- wearing securely fitting sandals
- BP 92/50
- HR 68
Exam is otherwise normal.
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What interventions should be considered to prevent future falls?
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