Prevention of falls is an issue of concern for all hospitalized patients. Certain units, however, may be at higher risk for falls due to patient diagnosis, comorbidities, and other intrinsic factors. Creation of a unit-specific fall-prevention program may be more effective at reducing incidence of falls in the adult orthopaedic inpatient setting. It may also be better valued by staff according to a critical analysis of the literature and staff survey of perceptions. This information was used as a starting point to create a template for a unit-based fall program specifically for high-risk units. The evidence from this analysis could be used to identify high-risk units and adapt existing generic fall-prevention programs to this higher risk population.
Tahitia Lloyd, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, Advance Practice Nurse, Virtua Health, Mount Holly, New Jersey.
The author has disclosed that she has no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.