The Importance Of Fall In Acute Care

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Research suggests that each year an estimated 1 in 3 older adults fall. Many older adults lose their lives from falls. Fall related injuries are responsible hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year. With the main focus on universal fall precautions and environmental safety, traditional fall prevention and fall management programs have been less than fully effective. A large problem that continues in acute care is the lack of an injury risk screening tool. A research study was conducted on reducing severe injury from falls in 2 veteran’s hospital medical-surgical units. The research study was done by Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN and a team of RN’s. A large veteran’s hospital participated in a 1 year long collaborative project

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