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Table 4, Chapter 32Falls prevention intervention studies

Author, YearMain Study ObjectiveImplementation Themes
Krauss, 200821To implement an educational intervention among nursing staff, nursing secretaries, and patient care technicians to reduce falls in an academic hospitalTools: educating all patients and families in fall prevention, patient pamphlets
Staff/education: Nurses, patient care technicians, and unit secretaries all took part in education modules
Facilitators/barriers: staff turnover; high patient-to-nurse ratios; high patient turnover or high patient volume; competing demands on nursing staff; lack of buy-in from staff
van Gaal, 201122To implement a multi-component intervention, including patient involvement, to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, falls, and urinary tract infections in ten wards from four hospitals and ten wards from six nursing homesTools: education, patient involvement and feedback on process and outcome
Staff/education: Key nurses on each unit implemented small-scale educational program, two case discussions on every ward, and distributed a CD-ROM with educational material
Facilitators/barriers: complexity of intervention

From: Chapter 32, Promoting Engagement by Patients and Families To Reduce Adverse Events (NEW)

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Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices.
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 211.

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