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Res Nurs Health. 2010 Oct;33(5):413-25. doi: 10.1002/nur.20399.

Patient falls: Association with hospital Magnet status and nursing unit staffing.

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  • 1Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


The relationships between hospital Magnet® status, nursing unit staffing, and patient falls were examined in a cross-sectional study using 2004 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®) data from 5,388 units in 108 Magnet and 528 non-Magnet hospitals. In multivariate models, the fall rate was 5% lower in Magnet than non-Magnet hospitals. An additional registered nurse (RN) hour per patient day was associated with a 3% lower fall rate in ICUs. An additional licensed practical nurse (LPN) or nursing assistant (NA) hour was associated with a 2-4% higher fall rate in non-ICUs. Patient safety may be improved by creating environments consistent with Magnet hospital standards.

© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 33:413-425, 2010.

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