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American Nurse Today Article - Focus on Falls Prevention

One of the most common and often serious problems faced by healthcare providers in hospitals is patient falls.   Hospital falls represent a leading cause of adverse events, accounting for 25%-89% of all reported incidents. Geriatric wards and patients with prolonged hospitalization report the highest fall and disability rates. The incidence of falls in hospitalized patients ranges from 1.7 to 25 falls per 1,000 patient days with 23% – 42% of these cases result in some type of injury and 2% – 9% result in serious injury, including fracture, subdural hematoma, or even death.

American Nurse Today which is the official journal for the American Nurse Association has published a series of articles on falls prevention.  The articles in this section provide valuable information on how hospitals can reduce inpatient falls and fall-related injuries.

  • We’ve made gains in preventing falls, but more work remains: It takes a team to make a difference in falls prevention.
    Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP
  • Assessing your patients’ risk for falling: A systematic process to address patients’ fall risk can decrease or nearly eliminate falls.
    Beverly Lunsford, PhD, RN, CNS-BC and Laurie Dodge Wilson, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC
  • Taking appropriate precautions against falls: Learn about key fall precautions for patients in acute or long-term settings.
    Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP
  • Creating an environment of falls prevention: Evidence-based practice can reduce falls and fall-related injuries.
    Sharon Stahl Wexler, PhD, RN-BC, FNGNA, and Catherine O’Neill D’Amico, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Preventing injuries from patient falls: Learn tips for averting injuries after a fall.
    Amy L. Hester, PhD, RN, BC

The articles can be accessed  at http://www.americannursetoday.com/?p=20741.