Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center

Evidenced-based Falls Prevention in Critical Access Hospitals


This policy brief is part of a series of policy briefs by the Flex Monitoring Team identifying and assessing evidence-based patient safety and quality improvement interventions appropriate for use by state Flex Programs and Critical Access Hospitals.<br><b>Key Findings:</b></br><li>
Hospital falls are a serious patient safety problem, accounting for nearly 84% of all inpatient incidents. <li>Most falls commonly occur as a result of medication related issues, toileting needs, and hospital environmental conditions.<li>Effective falls interventions target both intrinsic (e.g. physiologic) and extrinsic (e.g. environmental) risk factors.<li>Effective falls prevention teams are interdisciplinary and ideally include pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, medical, and quality officers and are imbedded in a culture of patient safety.<li>Education for and communication across all staff contributes to successful falls prevention programs.
Reporting falls data to one of the national organizations allows for benchmarking.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
December 31, 2011

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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