Development and Validation of a Simplified Falls Assessment Tool in an Acute Care Setting

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An easy-to-use assessment tool, which contains reversible risk factors, might influence the success of a falls prevention program. A 2-phase study was undertaken to develop and validate a simplified falls assessment tool. Risk factors of confusion, dizziness, altered elimination, and difficulty with mobility were found to be significantly associated with fall status. The simplified falls assessment tool that contains these 4 risk factors yielded a comparable predictive value to Hendrich II Falls Risk Model.

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