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Preventing Newborn Falls While Supporting Family Bonding

Wallace, Susan C. MPH, CPHRM

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 11 - p 58–61
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000473316.09949.1f
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The author addresses the circumstances behind newborn falls in hospitals when infants are in the care of family members, and reports on steps hospitals are taking to effectively prevent these accidents.

Susan C. Wallace is a patient safety analyst at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Harrisburg, PA. This article is adapted from “Balancing Family Bonding with Newborn Safety,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2014;11(3):102-8. Contact author: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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