One of the largest categories of reported adverse events in hospitals are patient falls, which are estimated to cost more than $20 billion a year. With the goal of preventing falls and reducing the seriousness of injuries from falls, a quality improvement project was initiated. The authors discuss the project that resulted in a best practice toolkit related to decreasing fall-related injuries.
Authors' Affiliations: Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Patient Care Services (Dr Kolin), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Horizon Campus, Greenville, Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer (Ms Minnier), Corporate Director Risk Management (Ms Hale), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Director (Ms Martin), Improvement Specialist (Ms Thompson), Donald D. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania.
Corresponding author: Dr Kolin, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Horizon, 110 N Main Street, Greenville, PA (firstname.lastname@example.org).