Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center

Evidenced-based Falls Prevention in Critical Access Hospitals

Abstract: 

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
URL: 
http://flexmonitoring.org/documents/PolicyBrief24_Falls-Prevention.pdf