Source: BMJ Quality & Safety, published online 5 January 2011
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Date of publication: January 2011
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This study set out to determine risk factors and rates of falls on geriatric rehabilitation units in a US hospital and potential falls prevention measures. Falls were reviewed to establish rates and locations. and interviews with staff, fallers and their family members were conducted to gather information regarding risks specific to individual patients and preventative measures considered important by these groups. Identifying falls rates provided useful data for future comparisons whilst the qualitative interviews highlighted the importance of patient and family education on falls risk and other practical measures such as improved signage, lighting and footwear.
Length of publication: 9 pages
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