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Getting up With Lateral Thinking

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Kirker, Stephen 


Introduction:: Falls in the community can have major impacts on patient lives. There can be long lasting physical and psychological consequences of a fall and subsequent long lie. The annual burden to ambulance services responding to falls at home is high. Affordable devices to help people get up from the floor, or reduce the risk of a long lie, would be useful and widely applicable. Case report:: We present the case of 2 families who successfully used an air mattress and a bath lift to get the fallen person up off the floor following a fall, when they had previously called an ambulance. This has reduced their dependence on the ambulance service and has improved their confidence following falls. Discussion/conclusion:: Affordable devices such as air mattresses can help people off the floor following a fall and prevent long lies as well as reduce the number of ambulance call outs.


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long lie, case report, Raizer chair, Falls, rehabilitation, pressure sores, rhabdomyolysis, air mattress, Mangar Elk

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