1. Nuckols, Teryl K. MD, MSHS
  2. Needleman, Jack PhD
  3. Grogan, Tristan R. MS
  4. Liang, Li-Jung PhD
  5. Worobel-Luk, Pamela MSN
  6. Anderson, Laura MPH
  7. Czypinski, Linda MD
  8. Coles, Courtney MPH
  9. Walsh, Catherine M. MSN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and incremental net cost of a fall prevention intervention that involved hourly rounding by RNs at 2 hospitals.


BACKGROUND: Minimizing in-hospital falls is a priority, but little is known about the value of fall prevention interventions.


METHODS: We used an uncontrolled before-after design to evaluate changes in fall rates and time use by RNs. Using decision-analytical models, we estimated incremental net costs per hospital per year.


RESULTS: Falls declined at 1 hospital (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 0.47; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.26-0.87; P = .016), but not the other (IRR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.59-1.17; P = .28). Cost analyses projected a 67.9% to 72.2% probability of net savings at both hospitals due to unexpected declines in the time that RNs spent in fall-related activities.


CONCLUSIONS: Incorporating fall prevention into hourly rounds might improve value. Time that RNs invest in implementing quality improvement interventions can equate to sizable opportunity costs or savings.