Patients’ perspective of falling while in an acute care hospital and suggestion for prevention

Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, POB 429, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
Applied nursing research: ANR (Impact Factor: 0.73). 11/2010; 23(4):238-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2008.10.003
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Patient falls and falls with injury are the largest category of reportable incidents and a significant problem in hospitals. Patients are an important part of fall prevention; therefore, we asked patients who have fallen about reason for fall and how falls could be prevented. There were two categories for falls: the need to toilet coupled with loss of balance and unexpected weakness. Patients asked to be included in fall risk communication and asked to be part of the team to prevent them from falling. Nurses need to share a consistent and clear message that they are there for patient safety.

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