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The Use of Psychotropic Medication and Fall in Geriatric Population in Hospital Settings
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The Use of Psychotropic Medication and Fall in Geriatric Population in Hospital Settings Introduction Falls are a major source of concern for elderly population, especially in hospital settings. This is because; even minor injuries due to falls can cause significant disability and mobility in this population contributing to morbidity and mortality.
Of recent interest is the medication category of risk factors. Several medicines have been attributed to cause falls in the elderly population. In this regard, psychotropic medicines which are frequently administered for older people for various psychiatic and cognitive problems are studied widely and are known to increase the risk of falls (Ellen, p.351). Medicines, especially psychotropic ones, cause orthostatic hypotension, confusion, oversedation, delirium, dizziness, cognitive changes and psychomotor impairment and thus contribute to falls (Riefkohl, p.727). Other medications which can increase the risk of falls are diuretics, antihypertensives and cardiovascular medicines (Blair and Gruman, p.354). In this research article, the association between use of psychotropic medications and falls in elderly people admitted to hospital settings will be studied through review of suitable literature. Aims and objectives To ascertain the role of psychotropic medication in causing falls among admitted elderly population as a part of risk assessment for fall in this population. Search Method Electronic database PUBMED was used for retrieval of articles. The MESH words used were “ psychotropic medication”, “elderly” and “falls”. Synonyms also were used in the search. ...
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