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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000298062.27349.8e
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Predicting Patient Falls

Hendrich, Ann MSN, RN, FAAN

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Abstract

Overview: The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model is used to assess a hospitalized patient's risk of falling. Designed to be administered quickly, it focuses on eight independent risk factors: confusion, disorientation, and impulsivity; symptomatic depression; altered elimination; dizziness or vertigo; male sex; administration of antiepileptics (or changes in dosage or cessation); administration of benzodiazepines; and poor performance in rising from a seated position in the Get-Up-and-Go test. (This screening tool is included in a series, Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults, from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing.) For a free online video demonstrating the use of this tool, go to http://links.lww.com/A111.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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