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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
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An Evidence‐based Approach to Fall Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Management: Lessons Learned

Poe, Stephanie S. MScN, RN; Cvach, Maria M. MS, RN, CCRN; Gartrell, Denise G. MS, RN; Radzik, Batya R. MS, RN, CRNP; Joy, Tameria L. BSN, RN

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Abstract

Nurses at an academic medical institution undertook a fall safety initiative. Using an evidence-based approach, they created a risk stratification tool, developed a comprehensive protocol, investigated fall-prevention products and technologies, and piloted the protocol and products/technologies before the full implementation. This article describes their journey and lessons learned along the way, the most compelling of which is the need for a simple, guided, and time-efficient approach to implementing the best practices into clinical care.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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