December 2007, Volume 37 Number 12 , p 24 - 25
Gustafson, Susan Erin RN, CRRN, BSN
Susan Erin Gustafson is a charge nurse in an inpatient rehabilitation unit at West Penn Hospital, Forbes Campus, in Monroeville, Pa.
REDUCING THE RISK of patient harm resulting from falls is a National Patient Safety Goal of The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO). 1 To meet this goal, your facility should implement a fall reduction program, which includes evaluating patients for risk of falls, taking action to reduce the risk, and reducing the risk of injury should a fall occur. Your facility must also periodically evaluate the effectiveness of its fall reduction program.
In this article, I'll tell you how to perform a fall risk assessment and what interventions to use for adult patients at risk for falls. But first, let's consider the impact of falls.
Facts about falls
In 1 year, almost 14,000 people age 65 and older died from injuries related to falls, and nearly 1.8 million ...