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Fall Initiatives: Redesigning Best Practice

Kolin, M. Melissa DNP, CRNP, RN; Minnier, Tamara MSN, RN, FACHE; Hale, Kathleen M. MSN, RN; Martin, Susan C. MSN, RN; Thompson, Lucy E. MSN, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 9 - p 384-391
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181ee4468

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 (

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