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Fall Prevention: Applying the Evidence

Successful fall prevention programs use multimodal interventions, such as detailed fall risk assessments, frequent monitoring by staff, and appropriate use of equipment.

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We’ve Made Gains In Preventing Falls, but More Work Remains

First, the rigor of science and graded evidence-based practices that address reduction of fall risk factors (not level of risk) or injury risk has gained momentum within and across health care.

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Assessing Your Patients’ Risk for Falling

This article identifies risk factors for falls, explains how falls are classified, and describes how to perform a fall-risk assessment.

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Taking Appropriate Precautions Against Falls

Falls pose a major public health problem around the world. In the United States, unintentional falls occur in all age groups.

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Creating an Environment of Falls Prevention

In the hospital, falls occur at an estimated rate of 8.9 per 1,000 patient days. About 30% to 50% of these falls cause injury.

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Preventing Injuries from Patient Falls

While falls prevention has become standard in inpatient care, injury prevention has gotten less attention, both in research and everyday practice.

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Fall Prevention: A Contract With Patients and Families

When hospital patients fall and suffer an injury, family members perceive that nurses and other hospital staff aren’t paying enough attention to their loved one.

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Fall Prevention: The Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

In 2014, a multidisciplinary task force at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston created a fall-reduction program flexible enough to be customized to each unit’s medical specialty.

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Hook-And-Loop Alarm Belt: A Vital Component in a Fall-Prevention Toolkit

In 2012Yale New Haven Hospital’s fall-prevention charter noted a hospital-wide increase in patient falls from chairs.

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Self-Releasing Alarm Belts: It Takes Two

Patient falls from chairs are increasing at an alarming rate: What can a hospital’s nursing staff do to stop this trend?

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Fall Prevention Safety Bundle: Collaboration Leads to Fewer Falls

At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Syracuse, NY, we’re committed to providing a safe, comfortable, caring environment for our patients. 

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Gait Belts 101: A Tool for Patient and Nurse Safety

Tips for assessing patient mobility and using gait belts.

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Splash Safety—Protecting Your Eyes, Part I

Take the time to protect your eyes from pathogens.

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Splash Safety—Protecting Your Eyes, Part II

Learn how to reduce the risk and what to do if an injury occurs.

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When and How to Use Restraints

Few things cause as much angst for a nurse as placing a patient in a restraint, who may feel his or her personal freedom is being taken away.

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Enclosure Bed: A Protective and Calming Restraint

An enclosure bed can be used as part of a patient’s plan of care to prevent falls and provide a safer environment.

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Choosing the Right Restraint

Nurses at the bedside are experts in driving the safest, most effective patient care.

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Assessing and Documenting Patient Restraint Incidents

Restraining a patient is considered a high-risk intervention by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission (TJC), and various state regulatory agencies.

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Enclosure Bed: A Tool for Calming Agitated Patients

At Erie County Medical Center, we’ve found enclosure beds to be an effective means to decrease stimulation for highly agitated patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who may injure themselves.

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Vascular Access Device Stabilization and Line Securement

Proper primary and secondary securement can reduce complications, increase patient comfort, and save money.

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