PATIENT SAFETY: Assess for fall risk, intervene—and bump up patient safety
Susan Erin Gustafson RN, CRRN, BSN

December 2007 
Volume 37  Number 12
Pages 24 - 25
  PDF Version Available!


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 ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events