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Editor's e-Note
An upcoming clinical trial will develop and test a new approach that involves the input of older adults at risk of falling, helping to determine the fall prevention care best suited to those individuals—and ensuring that they receive that care. The project of the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will include more than 100 researchers at 10 clinical health system sites across the country.

In addition to identifying older adults at increased risk of fall-related injuries, the trial aims to devise specific care plans and include physicians and others in the health care community in their implementation.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Trial Seeks to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

Each year, one in three people aged 65 or older falls, and one-third of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to declines in health and loss of independence. Every year, thousands of older adults die from such falls.

To identify effective evidence-based strategies to address the personal and public health burden associated with these falls, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are collaborating on a clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries. The award, made by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging and funded by PCORI as part of the two organizations’ Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership, is expected to total $30 million over the five-year project.

The trial will be led by David Reuben, MD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of UCLA’s division of geriatrics; Shalender Bhasin, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Thomas Gill, MD, of Yale School of Medicine. The team will include more than 100 researchers, stakeholders, and patients along with their representatives at 10 clinical health system sites across the country.

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Tech & Tools
Omnis Health has launched the EmbraceEVO, a blood glucose meter with a compact design, meant to be an affordable all-in-one starter kit. The EmbraceEVO meter and test strips, the company says, can often be purchased at a cost that may be less than a copay through Medicare or a third-party commercial insurance plan. The EmbraceEVO Monitoring Kit is prepackaged to include the meter, 50 test strips, lancets, a lancing device, and other elements for blood glucose testing. Results are available in six seconds. It allows for 7-, 14-, or 30-day averaging. Learn more »

My Mobile Light
A new stability cane from Technical Vision features a built-in LED light. Designed for the long term care market, My Mobile Light provides light that covers an area up to 30 inches in front of the cane, reducing the risk of falling, according to the company. It was designed and tested in collaboration with low-vision rehabilitation therapists at Salus University's College of Optometry. Learn more »
Geriatrics Consult With Rosemary Laird, MD
Chief Complaint: “Doc, I’m Worried About His Memory”

You’re 12 patients into your day and so far, so good. The EMR is only creeping along, but at least it’s up and running. Your medical assistant reports that the wife of the next patient is in the room with him, and though he said she should stay, he doesn’t seem happy about it. His wife insisted it was very important that she attend today, and you now learn she stopped in yesterday to drop off a note for you. The piece of paper holds the chief complaint that she would not repeat in front of the medical assistant—or her spouse—today. On the folded piece of loose-leaf paper is one word neatly centered: memory.

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