Falls in the acute care hospital are a significant patient safety issue. The purpose of this article was to describe the use of process improvement methodology to address inpatient falls on 5 units. This initiative focused on a proactive approach to falls, identification of high-risk patients, and a complete assessment of patients at risk. During the project timeframe, the mean total fall rate decreased from 3.7 to 2.8 total falls per 1000 patient days.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Mss Christopher, Yoho, and Dubendorf and Dr Trotta); and Clinical Solutions Group, Kronos Incorporated, Chelmsford, Massachusetts (Ms Strong).
Correspondence: Deborah A. Christopher, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Pennsylvania Hospital, 800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Accepted for publication: January 1, 2014
Published ahead of print: February 4, 2014