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February 2009, Volume 39 Number 2 , p 20 - 21


  • Debbie Goodlett RN, BSN
  • Christi Robinson RN, CMSRN
  • Patricia Carson RN, CMSRN
  • Linda Landry RN, CMSRN


Goodlett, Debbie RN, BSN; Robinson, Christi RN, CMSRN; Carson, Patricia RN, CMSRN; Landry, Linda RN, CMSRN

Issue: Volume 39(2), February 2009, p 20–21 Publication Type: [upFront: PATIENT SAFETY] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Debbie Goodlett is the director, Christi Robinson and Patricia Carson are patient-care coordinators, and Linda Landry is a charge nurse, all in the internal medicine telemetry unit at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, La.

WHO'S FALLING IN your hospital and what are you doing about it? According to the CDC Injury Center, in 1 year about 1.8 million older adults sustained nonfatal fall injuries. More than 433,000 were hospitalized and 15,800 died from unintentional fall injuries. 1 The Joint Commission found that falls accounted for 6.1% of all sentinel events as of 2008. 2

As part of the National Patient Safety Goals, The Joint Commission requires organizations to implement a fall reduction program that will best serve ...

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