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Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care

February 14, 2013

Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Each year, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the United States fall in the hospital. A fall may result in fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding, leading to increased health care utilization. Research shows that close to one-third of falls can be prevented. Fall prevention involves managing a patient’s underlying fall risk factors and optimizing the hospital’s physical design and environment. This toolkit focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program.

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