College and OC welcome NICE guidance

July 10 2013

The College of Optometrists and the Optical Confederation have welcomed the latest clinical guidance on falls assessment and prevention in older people published by NICE.
The new guidance (CG 161) extends and replaces CG 21 which was published in November 2004.
New recommendations have been added to the guideline about preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay. NICE recommends that any multifactorial assessment identifies the patient’s individual risk factors for falling in hospital that can be treated, improved, or managed during their expected stay, including an assessment of visual impairment.
All people over 65 years of age are covered by all of the guideline recommendations. People aged between 50 and 64 years who are admitted to hospital and are judged by a clinician to be ‘at higher risk of falling because of an underlying condition’ are also covered by the new guideline recommendations.
To view the guideline, visit

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