Nurse-led study shows a tool kit may be useful in reducing falls in hospitals

Source: American Journal of Nursing 2011, 111(3) p. 14

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:
The tool kit, tailored fall-prevention interventions to the patient, integrating health information technology with routine assessments of a patient’s risk of falling. The three compo­nents of the tool kit were patient-and family-friendly educational handouts, a plan of care for healthcare professionals, and an over-the-bed poster containing icons and brief descriptors of the patient’s fall risk and “action­able interventions” to mitigate that risk. The researchers calculated that the use of the tool kit could prevent one fall every four days, 7.5 falls per month, and about 90 falls yearly on the units in­volved in the study.

Length of publication: 1 page

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