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Focus on…Falls Prevention

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Enclosure bed: A tool for calming agitated patients

By Dawn Walters, MS, RN, Vice-President of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, New York As told to Janet Boivin, BSN, RN At Erie County Medical Center, we’ve found enclosure beds...

Fall prevention: A contract with patients and families

Editor’s note: This is the second of three case studies describing success stories in preventing falls and injuries from falls. The series is brought to you by Posey. Watch for the next case study in...

Fall prevention: Applying the evidence

This is the first in a series of three case studies illustrating success stories in preventing falls and injuries from falls. The series is brought to you by Posey. Watch for the next case study...
Risk factors

Assessing your patients’ risk for falling

n estimated 25,500 Americans died from falls in healthcare and community settings in 2013. Countless more suffered life-changing injuries, such as fractures, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injury. Experts estimate that more than 84%...

Falls prevention roadmap

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Prevent falls

We’ve made gains in preventing falls, but more work remains

This year marks the 20-year milestone of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) leadership in making patient falls a nurse-sensitive indicator. In 1995, ANA’s work on nurse-sensitive indicator development resulted in the Nursing Care Report...
Precautions

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. Such falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries treated in emergency departments...

Creating an environment of falls prevention

Falls are a major concern for older adults in all settings, causing significant morbidity and mortality and affecting quality of life. In the hospital, falls occur at an estimated rate of 8.9 per 1,000...
Preventing injuries

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. Injuries from falls can have serious consequences in patients, ranging from minor cuts...