Creating a protocol to reduce inpatient falls

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Abstract

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> Causes, prevalence and cost of inpatient falls

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> Launching an evidence-based protocol across a trust

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> Auditing the results and development of the falls service

Heaton C (2012) Creating a protocol to reduce inpatient falls. Nursing Times; 108,12:16-18.

Falls in hospital are a widespread and challenging problem. They cause harm and distress to patients, and are a source of anxiety for nurses and relatives.

This article describes how an acute trust in the North West of England improved its service through staff education and implementing a policy across the trust. The protocol included a falls risk assessment, bedrails risk/benefit assessment and preprinted falls risk assessment care plans.

Nurses' knowledge and the quality and completeness of patient documentation improved and, over the three years, falls reduced by a statistically significant 17%.

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