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Fall Prevention (Acute Care) Information

Objective for Guidelines to Prevent Falls in Acute Care Settings

  • To eliminate falls in acute care settings through a prevention protocol
  • To increase the percentage of patients who receive appropriate falls risk assessment and prevention interventions
  • To raise awareness of the risk of falls and potentially devastating consequences

Why is Fall Prevention Important?

  • As many as 1 million patient falls, in hospitals, each year (AHRQ, 2014)
  • One out of three older adults fall each year, leading to healthcare costs of as high as $30 million, annually (CDC, 2014)
  • There are more than 20,000 fall-related deaths recorded annually, among older adults (CDC, 2014)
  • Data is reported via Hospital Compare

How are Falls Prevented?

Evidence-based Best Practices (AHRQ, 2014)

  • Obtain organization support for a Falls Prevention Program
  • Education of Falls Reduction Policies and Procedures
  • Establish a process for evaluation of hospitalized patient, on admission, for risk of falling
  • Utilize a standardized assessment tool
  • Perform risk assessments to identify risk factors
  • Communicate risk factors
  • Perform risk factor interventions
  • Universal Falls Interventions
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Impaired mobility interventions
  • Environmental interventions
  • Informing, educating, and empowering patients
  • Observation and Surveillance
  • Auditing, continuous learning and improvement

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