alexa Use of the Tinetti Index to Assess Fall Risk in Patients with Sequelae of Stroke
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Research Article

Use of the Tinetti Index to Assess Fall Risk in Patients with Sequelae of Stroke

Zuila Maria de Figueiredo Carvalho1, Joyce Miná Albuquerque Coelho1, Raelly Ramos Campos1, Deyse Cardoso de Oliveira1*, Winner Gomes Machado1 and Samia Jardelle Costa de Freitas Maniva1,2

1Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

2Fortaleza General Hospital, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Deyse Cardoso de Oliveira
Nursing, Federal University of Ceará
Brazil, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Tel: 55-85-9603-2013
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: September 18, 2014; Accepted Date: October 30, 2014; Published Date: November 05, 2014

Citation: Figueiredo Carvalho ZM, Albuquerque Coelho JM, Campos RR, Oliveira DC, Machado WG, et al. (2014) Use of the Tinetti Index to Assess Fall Risk in Patients with Sequelae of Stroke. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 2:243. doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000243

Copyright: © 2014 Figueiredo Carvalho ZM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Background and Objective: The knowledge about risk of falls in patients with sequelae of stroke by applying a scale constitutes an important factor fort nurses since it allows planning for quality care and consequently improving the quality of life of such patients. The present study aimed to assess the risk of falls of patients with sequelae of stroke using Tinetti Index. Methods: Transversal descriptive study with 61 hospitalized patients. The data were collected through the application of Tinetti Index, which total score is 28 points. Results: The index evaluation shows que 47.9% had 19 points under the ideal score, indicating a high risk of falls, 41.7% from 24 to 28, indicating moderate risk and 10.4% from 19 to 23 points, indicating low risk of falls. The final average (15.23), the median (16.50) and standard deviation (±11.034). Discussion and Conclusions: There is a high risk of falls in this population, a quantification of impaired balance and gait anticipate the future risk of falls. The use of assessment instruments has important implications for a quality of life in patients with symptomatic stroke.

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