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.
Former, Department of Academic Affairs (Dr Weiserbs) and Emergency Medicine (Dr Hahn), Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York. Dr Weiserbs is now a freelance consultant.
Correspondence: Kera F. Weiserbs, MHS, PhD, Statistical Consultant 445 Argyle Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Accepted for Publication: March 2, 2014
Published online before print: April 15, 2014