Around 35% of over 65’s will fall in the space of a year, and that figure rises rapidly to approximately 50% for those aged 80 and over. Falls can happen to anyone regardless of age or medical condition. Many falls are caused by a mixture of factors such as slips and trips, reduced mobility, age or being on medication.
At Repton Medical we pride ourselves on research and our commitment to patient safety. We continue to conduct medical research and provide education within healthcare markets. We listen and cooperate with the EU, industry, institutions and healthcare professionals to ensure better practice for the safety of patients and staff alike.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging is a collaboration of EU, regions, industry, research institutions and healthcare professionals, to improve the quality of life for older people. Below are their 4 key objectives to reach their ultimate goal, which is to increase the average healthy lifespan of EU citizens by 2 years by the year 2020:
- Implement a united and person-centred service for fall prevention and management. This includes a range of falls prevention programmes along with sourcing tools and technologies for monitoring, screening and assessing patients.
- Data and evidence to be collected on approaches to gathering data on falls.This will outline the best practices and recommendations for the future.
- Awareness, information and education including a dedicated website and campaign across the EU dedicated to falls prevention and management. In addition, an inventory of successful public health and social marketing strategies based on training models and tools. Also, an education package to support the training of the workforce.
- Innovative and sustainable assessment models for governance. This includes a platform and market place for fall prevention services and products.
Repton Medical work closely with health care professionals throughout the UK and aim to continually support the NHS to reduce falls with our fall prevention products andtraining. We are always looking for new innovations in the market and researching potential improvements for our existing fall prevention products. Repton Medical aim to provide solutions and strategies for preventing falls, helping you to save money and ultimately lives!