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Report into woman's fatal fall points to lack of geriatric doctors in Alberta

01/28/2013 04:18 EST | Updated 03/30/2013 05:12 EDT
CALGARY - A report into the death of a Calgary senior who fell several times raises concerns over a shortage of qualified geriatric doctors in Alberta.

Kathleen Brock died in August 2008 after falling from a moving Handi-Bus.

The 75-year-old had suffered a head injury after her first fall at her home more than a year before that.

She fell several more times in the months that followed — including from her wheelchair and her bed — while at the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured.

A fatality report recommends that doctors, nurses and therapists who deal with seniors work more together.

It also suggests there needs to be a plan to graduate more geriatric specialists from medical schools.

The report also recommends improved training and communication standards for Handi-Bus drivers and employees at the brain injury association, particularly when staff have weak written English skills.

It also says wheelchairs and bedrails should be checked out regularly.

(CHQR)

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