Use of the Tinetti Index to Assess Fall Risk in Patients with Sequelae of Stroke
- *Corresponding Author:
- Deyse Cardoso de Oliveira
Nursing, Federal University of Ceará
Brazil, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
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.
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.