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Flashcards in 9 Elderly - Falls Deck (6):
1

Who needs to go to falls clinic

recurrent falls - no identified cause
poor balance
undiagnosed "dizziness"
syncope

2

History is the key to falls - a few key questions

Do they remember falling
vertigo
numb feet
joint symptoms

Recent changes in medication

3

2 assessments also done in association with falls

Osteoporosis assessment
Vision assessment

4

Absolute warfarin contraindications (5)
Relative contraindications (5)

Bleeding dathesis
Recent GI/GU bleed
Severe hypertension (180/100)
Previous intercranial bleed
Pregnancy
Relative:
Falls
Dementia
Unexplained anaemia
Alcoholism
Expected poor complience

5

Drugs affect Digioxin levels:

Amiodarone - levels doubled
Diltiazem
Verapamil
Antibiotics
Hydroxychloroquine/Chloroquine

6

Symptoms of Dig tox

Anorexia
Lethergy
Confusion
Blurred vision - yellow/green halos
Bradycardia