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Passport Exclusive: Reducing Patient Injuries from Falls
In this video Chuck Meek and Suzanne Rita present an overview for the creation of customized interventions to prevent falls and subsequent injuries for the patients who are at most risk for serious injuries from a fall.
Author in the Room: The Patient Who Falls
April 2010 | A discussion with the author of the JAMA article "The Patient Who Falls."
Author in the Room: Screening for Patient Falls
February 2007 | A discussion with the author of the JAMA article "The Rational Clinical Exam: Will My Patient Fall?"
Reducing Falls in the UK’s Healthy Communities Collaborative: Discovering Change Agents Around the Tea Kettle
The Healthy Communities Collaborative in the UK has achieved an impressive 32 percent reduction in falls among older citizens — translating to an annual savings of roughly £630,000 (US$1.45 million) — by mobilizing average citizens to use improvement methodologies to achieve measurable and sustainable change.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Goes a Record 143 Days with No Patient Falls
Ten percent of fatal falls among older adults occur in the hospital. As part of its participation in the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative, MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas (Houston, Texas, USA) decided to focus on preventing falls.
Reducing Harm from Falls with Teamwork and Focused Assessment
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA) reduced patient injury from falls by implementing early assessment tools to identify at-risk patients and other changes to reliably reduce preventable injuries.
The ABCs of Reducing Harm from Falls
Trinity Medical Center (Rockland, Illinois, USA) reduced moderate-to-severe injury from falls on one pilot unit by identifying high-risk patients, then spread the successful changes to the local three-hospital system.
Preventing Falls in the GI Surgical Unit
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, Texas, USA) has reduced the average rate of inpatient falls in the gastrointestinal (GI) surgical unit by 76 percent.
Patient Fall Prevention and Management Protocol with Toileting Program
This tool is used at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center (Bay Pines, Florida, USA) to identify patients at risk for falls, and to outline recommendations for the nursing management of patients at risk for falls or who have a history of falls.
Harm from Falls per 1,000 Patient Days
Number of inpatient falls with injuries on the unit divided by the number of inpatient days on the unit, multiplied by 1,000.
Injurious Fall Data Collection Tool
This tool is used to analyze and better understand a unit's or hospital's last 20 falls that resulted in injury.
Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide: Reducing Patient Injuries from Falls
This How-to Guide highlights four promising changes designed to reduce patient injury from falls on medical-surgical units; specifies practical step-by-step changes that can be tested; and provides tips, tools, resources, and case studies of hospitals that have implemented many of the changes.
Falls, injuries due to falls, and the risk of admission to a nursing home
This article describes a study which tested the prevalence of falls in nursing homes.
Northeastern Ohio Trauma Study: III. Incidence of fractures
This article describes a study which attempted to determine the frequency with which fractures are encountered in emergency care and to estimate the incidence of fractures in a well-defined population
Northeastern Ohio Trauma Study: II. Injury rates by age, sex, and cause
Using a 1977 sample of emergency department visits in five northeastern Ohio counties, this article describes a study which attempted to determine the frequency with which fractures are encountered by age, sex, and cause.
The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall-related injuries in older adults
This article describes a study which reviewed the 1989 elderly hospitalizations in Washington State for fall-related injuries.
Hip fractures in the elderly: A world-wide projection
This article describes a study which applied available incidence rates for hip fracture from various parts of the world to projected populations in 1990, 2025 and 2050 in order to estimate the numbers of hip fractures that might occur in each of the major continental regions.
Falls and instability in the elderly
This article describes a study which examined falls and instability in the elderly population.
Falls among the elderly: Epidemiology and prevention
This article contends that a majority of patient falls can be broken down into three preventable causes: reduced peripheral neurosensation, the use of psychoactive medication, and environmental hazards.
The future of hip fractures in the United States: Numbers, costs, and potential effects of postmenopausal estrogen
This article cites that with the increasing number of elderly people in the United States, the total number of hip fractures in persons 50 years and older will rise from 238,000 to 512,000 by the year 2040, with a concomitant increase in avoidable deaths, disability, and medical costs.
Economic dimensions of slip and fall injuries
This article provides an update of annual economic costs created by fall injuries. The costs are also projected through the year 2020.
The economic cost of hip fractures in community-dwelling older adults: A prospective study
This article describes a study which attempted to evaluate the incremental cost in the year after hip fracture.
Clinical Risk Management: Enhancing Patient Safety
Standard text reflects developments in the field and includes a new section on the conditions of safe practice.
Fall risk assessment measures: An analytic review
The authors of this article attempt to summarize existing fall risk assessment scales to enable more informed choices regarding their use.
Preventing Patient Falls
This book is the product of the author's eight years of research into patient falls and how to prevent them.