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Serious Fall Injuries in Hospitalized Patients With and Without Cancer

Capone, Luann J. MSN, APRN, BC, GNP, CPHQ; Albert, Nancy M. PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC; Bena, James F. MS; Tang, Anne S. MS

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182679056

Characteristics of adults hospitalized with and without cancer were compared to determine factors of serious injuries after fall events. More patients with cancer who had a serious injury received corticosteroids (P = .005) and were treated on a palliative care floor. More patients without cancer had higher prevalence of stroke (P = .026) and diabetes (P = .041) history and were treated on a surgical floor. Future research is needed to identify interventions that could prevent serious injuries after fall events.

Neurological Institute (Ms Capone), Nursing Research and Innovation, Nursing Institute (Dr Albert), Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (Mr Bena and Ms Tang), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Correspondence: Luann J. Capone, MSN, APRN, BC, GNP, CPHQ, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: July 5, 2012

Published online before print: August 1, 2012

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