J Nurs Adm. 2020 Nov;50(11):571-577. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000939.
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to describe factors associated and injuries sustained with inpatients who fell while hospitalized and identify the impact of a revised fall-prevention bundle.
BACKGROUND: Approximately 1 million falls occur in hospitals annually, accounting for approximately 70% of inpatient accidents. Inpatient falls can result in physical injury, increased patient mortality and morbidity, decreased quality of life, and increased length of stay and cost.
METHODS: We used a retrospective review of patient fall data for adult inpatients who fell while hospitalized.
RESULTS: After reeducation and implementation of all elements of a revised fall-prevention bundle, there were fewer falls per patient day. We identified additional characteristics indicating when patients were more likely to be injured in a fall.
CONCLUSIONS: A fall-prevention bundle is effective in decreasing inpatient falls and falls with injury. Raising awareness of additional factors may decrease risk of injuries during an inpatient fall.
PMID:33105333 | DOI:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000939