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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2009 Jan;14(1):22-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00166.x.

The Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale: a case-control study.

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Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this descriptive study was to assess whether the Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale (HDFS) identifies hospitalized pediatric patients at high risk for falls.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The study was a matched case-control design. A chart review of 153 pediatric cases who fell and 153 controls who did not fall were pair-matched by age, gender, and diagnosis.

RESULTS:

High-risk patients fell almost twice as often as low-risk patients (odds ratio 1.87, confidence interval = 1.01, 3.53, p = .03).

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

A Falls Prevention Pediatric Program with the HDFS tool addresses the Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals, but further research is needed to examine HDFS sensitivity-specificity.

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