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aide, family member, hospital, nursing care, open visiting hours, patient falls, patient safety



  1. Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN
  2. Yin, Chang-Yi MA
  3. Tsai, Sing-ling PhD, RN
  4. Lin, Shirling MN, RN
  5. Yin, Teresa J. C. PhD, RN


This study investigated the linkages between patient falls and open visiting hours in an acute care setting in Taiwan. The activities of the accompanying family members/aides when patients fell were analyzed. More than 35% of the family members/aides who were watching patients were ineffective in preventing the falls.