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J Nurs Adm. 2010 Sep;40(9):384-91. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181ee4468.

Fall initiatives: redesigning best practice.

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  • 1Patient Care Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Horizon Campus, Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA.


One of the largest categories of reported adverse events in hospitals are patient falls, which are estimated to cost more than $20 billion a year. With the goal of preventing falls and reducing the seriousness of injuries from falls, a quality improvement project was initiated. The authors discuss the project that resulted in a best practice toolkit related to decreasing fall-related injuries.

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