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Preventing Falls in Hospitalized Patients

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Online CE Expiration: 09/01/2021
1.58 Contact Hours
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The goal of this article is to provide nurses with a strategy they can use to reduce falls in hospitalized patients.

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Falls are the most common cause of accidental injury and death in older people. They’re common in hospital settings—about 3% of hospitalized patients fall and about 25% of patients who fall sustain an injury, which can range from minor bruises to serious injuries such as fractures and subdural hematomas.

Fall-related injuries lead to prolonged hospital stays for treatment (on average, 6 to 12 additional days in the hospital), surgery, and sometimes even death. Patients who aren’t physically injured from a fall may develop a fear of falling, leading to decreased mobility and increased fall risk. The risk for falls increases with age, and fall rates are highest on geriatric and gero psychiatric units.

The goal of this article is to provide nurses with a strategy they can use to reduce falls in hospitalized patients.

Key Learning Outcomes

Identify risk factors for falls in hospitalized patients
Describe how to screen and assess patients for falls risk
Discuss a three-step process for falls prevention

Presented By

Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN
Patricia C. Dykes is a senior nurse scientist and program director for research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Jason Adelman, MD
Jason Adelman is the chief patient safety office, associate chief quality officer, and director of patient safety research at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Lesley Adkison, PhD, RN
Lesley Adkison is the nursing practice innovation leader at Newton–Wellesley Hospital
in Newton, Massachusetts.

Michael Bogaisky, MD
Michael Bogaisky is a hospitalist, clinical educator, and assistant professor at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Diane L. Carroll, PhD, RN
Diane L. Carroll is nurse specialist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Eileen Carter, PhD, RN
Eileen Carter is a nurse researcher at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor of nursing at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Megan Duckworth, BA
Megan Duckworth is a research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Lisa Herlihy, MSN
Lisa Herlihy is a senior nurse scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Ann C. Hurley, DNSc, RN
Ann C. Hurley is a nurse scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Srijesa Khasnabish, BA
Srijesa Khasnabish is a research assistant Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Susan Kurian, RN
Susan Kurian is assistant director of nursing quality at Montefiore Medical Center.

Mary Ellen Lindros, PhD, RN
Mary Ellen Lindros is the director of professional practice and nursing quality officer at Montefiore Medical Center and The University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Kristen F. Marsh, MPA, RN
Kristen F. Marsh is a patient care director at New York–Presbyterian Medical Center.

Thanyanee McNinney, BSN, RN
Thanyanee McNinney is a senior staff nurse at New York–Presbyterian Medical Center on the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Unit.

Virginia Ryan, MSN, RN
Virginia Ryan is a clinical nurse at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston.

Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN
Maureen Scanlan is vice president of nursing and patient care services for Montefiore Health System.

Linda Spivack, PhD, RN
Linda Spivack is assistant vice president/clinical director of nursing at Montefiore Medical Center.

Alexa Shelley, RN, FNP
Alexa Shelley is a clinical project coordinator at New York Presbyterian Medical Center.

Shao Ping Yu, MPH
Shao Ping Yu is quality and patient safety project manager at New York–
Presbyterian Hospital.

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