chapter  Case 35
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Falls

This chapter, written for undergraduate medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, presents information on how to manage falls — a case which they are likely to encounter in the future in a general practice setting. It presents the case of an 83-year-old man who had fallen in his living room late at night and, being unable to get up, he had spent the night on the floor where his wife had found him in the morning. The chapter provides details of the patients' medical history and the key findings of clinical examination, together with initial investigation results data for evaluation, and helps them develop their skills of clinical reasoning. Key questions then prompt the student to evaluate the patient, and reach a decision regarding their condition and the possible treatment plan.