Dual-stiffness flooring eases falling injuries

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Nursing home residents who fall on dual-stiffness flooring may be less prone to fractures, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Researchers from the Bruyere Research Institute in Canada reviewed falls that occurred at an Arizona nursing home in 2008-2010. Eighty-two falls occurred on dual-stiffness flooring, which was flooring that incorporated a layer of compressible material meant to cushion falls. No resident who fell on the dual-stiffness flooring experienced a fracture. Of 85 falls on regular flooring, there were two fractures.