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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182780037

Frequently Observed Risk Factors for Fall-Related Injuries and Effective Preventive Interventions: A Multihospital Survey of Nurses' Perceptions

Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN, FAAN; Yin, Chang-Yi MA

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There is an urgent need to prioritize the risk factors for injurious falls and effective interventions in nursing practice. Registered nurses perceived that the most frequently observed risk factors were confusion, gait problems, Alzheimer disease, disorientation, and inability to follow safety instructions. The most effective interventions were keeping hospital bed brakes locked, keeping floor surfaces clean/dry, using appropriate footwear for patients, maintaining a call light within reach, and reducing tripping hazards.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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