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    App Launched To Provide Carers With An Interactive Post Falls Assessment Tool

    A free interactive post falls assessment tool devised by the West Midlands Ambulance Service has officially launched and is now available to download on both iOS and Android devices.

    The new App has been launched to support carers and care assistants to be able to assess fallen residents and to make the informed decisions whether they can lift the faller themselves safely and with the appropriate lifting equipment.

    It is part of a continuing initiative to decrease the number of unnecessary ambulance callouts to un-injured fallers which is currently costing the NHS over £50 million a year and to safeguard the lives of residents living in care homes; as clinical research has shown that delayed initial recovery (a lie greater than 10 minutes but less than 1 hour) and long-lie (a lie greater than 1-hour post fall) can result in serious health implications for the faller, such as, skin damage resulting in pressure sores, kidney failure, and pneumonia. (ROSPA 2017)

    In the Mills, S & Whitehead, R (2018) Amber Review it highlighted that; “the longest waits for patients in the community must reduce.”

    Mangar Health, a manufacturer and supplier of moving and handling equipment, the ELK and Camel Lifting Cushions worked closely with the Welsh Ambulance Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service to launch the new ISTUMBLE app.

    Simon Claridge, CEO at Mangar Health explained, “We are very proud to be involved in another project where we are having a direct impact on safeguarding the lives of care home residents and helping to reduce unnecessary ambulance callouts.

    This is another great example of how the public and private sector can work hard together and strive to reach our joint goal of creating better healthcare outcomes for all involved.”

    The free ISTUMBLE App takes carers through a series of questions, such as, ‘Does the person who has fallen have new neck or back pain?’ to help distinguish whether the carer can safely lift the resident themselves with lifting equipment or if they need to call an ambulance immediately.

    If you would like to download the free post falls assessment tool, please visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store and search for ‘ISTUMBLE’.

    To access the “IStumble” App in the Apple Store CLICK HERE

    To access the “IStumble” App in the Google play Store CLICK HERE

    1. Andy Poole-Taberner says:

      Most useful app to put on phone. Be you a carer or paramedic, or a member of the puplic.

    2. Helen C Jones says:

      Fantastic App – really useful. Can I ask how you got this developed. In Bedfordshire we are trying to get an App developed for Pressure Area Care but have met a brick wall. Any advice would be gratefully received. Many thanks

    3. robadams says:

      Hi Helen,

      Thank you for the great feedback on the app! I will send you an email regarding the process we undertook to create the app. Many thanks!

      Best wishes,

    4. David Martin says:

      Hi this is a great idea! On loading istumble falls guide I get a blank screen any ideas why?

    5. robadams says:

      Hi David, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Unfortunately an error occurred which stopped Android users being able to use the app. A patch has been made available. If you update your Istumble app to 1.2. the app should then be fully functional.

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