Since 2007, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has developed, managed, and promoted a statewide fall and injury reduction program to reduce inpatient falls and injuries, SAFE from FALLS. Because of statewide success in reducing falls from 2007–2010, the MHA set the goal in 2010 to eliminate serious fall-related injuries, especially head injuries. The outcomes that large-scale, multifacility health care organizations can have in reducing hospital-based falls resulting in serious injury (25% reduction) are presented, along with lessons learned.
Patient Safety Program, Minnesota Hospital Association, St. Paul, Minnesota (Ms Apold); and VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, HSR&D Center of Research Excellence: Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes, James A Haley Hospital, Tampa, Florida.
Correspondence: Julie Apold, MA, Patient Safety Program, Minnesota Hospital Association, 2550 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Accepted for Publication: April 10, 2012.
Published online before print: May 8, 2012.