Using Process Improvement Methodology to Address the Complex Issue of Falls in the Inpatient Setting

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Falls in the acute care hospital are a significant patient safety issue. The purpose of this article was to describe the use of process improvement methodology to address inpatient falls on 5 units. This initiative focused on a proactive approach to falls, identification of high-risk patients, and a complete assessment of patients at risk. During the project timeframe, the mean total fall rate decreased from 3.7 to 2.8 total falls per 1000 patient days.

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