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Impact of the Unit-Based Patient Safety Officer

Nedved, Patricia MSN, RN, CENP; Chaudhry, Rabhea MS-HSM; Pilipczuk, Dina MBA; Shah, Shital PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 9 - p 431–434
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318266810e

One organization assessed the association between increased caregiver hours per patient-day and a reduction in inpatient falls by adding a new role for a patient safety officer. Although the role was statistically significant in reducing patient falls by 50% on the intervention unit, fall reductions were not statistically significant when compared with the control unit.

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Author Affiliations: Associate Vice President, Professional Nursing Practice, and Adjunct Faculty College of Nursing (Ms Nedved), Assistant Vice President, Nursing Financial and Management Systems, and Adjunct Faculty College of Nursing and Department of Health Systems Management (Ms Pilipczuk), Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems Management (Dr Shah), and Graduate, Department of Health Systems Management (Ms Chaudhry), Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Shah, Department of Health Systems Management, Rush University Medical Center, 1700 W Van Buren St, 126B, Chicago, IL 60612 (

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