A Multihospital Survey on Effective Interventions to Prevent Hospital Falls in Adults


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Abstract

Executive Summary▸ Operational costs and length of stay of patients who fall in hospitals are greater than those who do not fall.▸ The purpose of this study was to identify highly effective interventions to prevent fall injuries as perceived by registered nurse (RN) staff for adult inpatients in acute hospital settings.▸ A multihospital, cross-sectional design explored the underlying grouping structure of the nurseperceived effectiveness items of preventive interventions in acute hospital settings.▸ Twenty-one highly effective interventions to prevent fall injuries were identified.▸ Ten interventions were related to improving patients' surrounding environment and 11 were related to increasing RN vigilance.

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