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Partnering to Prevent Falls: Using a Multimodal Multidisciplinary Team

Volz, Tina M. PhD, RN; Swaim, T. Jane MS, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 6 - p 336–341
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182942c5a

An organizational goal to decrease fall rates was initiated using a multidisciplinary, multimodal approach. One innovative strategy was the Friday fall review, where nurse managers present each fall that occurred to determine causes and potential preventive measures. Results of the project include a fall rate below the benchmark for 9 of 10 recent consecutive quarters. Because of the success of this initiative, the quality department has adopted the format to review all core measure indicators where there is noncompliance or less than optimal performance.

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Author Affiliations: Director of Nursing Research (Dr Volz) and Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer (Ms Swaim), Nursing Administration, St Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Kentucky.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Volz, St Elizabeth Healthcare, 1 Medical Village Dr, Edgewood, Kentucky 41017 (

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