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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000063
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Bias Reduction in Calculation of Inpatient Fall Rates

Weiserbs, Kera F. MHS, PhD; Hahn, Barry J. MD, FACEP

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Abstract

Inpatient falls are the most common adverse hospital events. Despite the recognized importance of reducing inpatient falls, tracking and reporting methods are inconsistent. Moreover, recommended methods and statistical tests for comparing rates are complicated. This article demonstrates how to calculate fall rates using 3 common methods, summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and recommends best practices.

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