How can policy change guide nursing practice to reduce in-patient falls?

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FALLS IN THE HOSPITAL affect 700,000 to 1 million people a year.1 After people experience a fall with injury, they're at increased risk for further decline, both physically and psychologically. This not only impacts their quality of life but also increases the financial burden.2
Falls still occur despite many efforts to prevent them, including federal and state policies, action plans, and toolkits. A problem of this magnitude requires an interdisciplinary stakeholder approach. Stakeholders must have an interest in the problem, know why their role is essential, and be able to take action. Nurses are a key stakeholder for fall prevention and are accountable to their profession to improve quality metrics tied to nursing care.
To explore the gaps between advocacy, policy, and nursing practice, this article examines fall prevention interventions for older adults and areas for improvement.
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