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Evidence on Fall and Injurious Fall Prevention Interventions in Acute Care Hospitals

Zhao, Yunchuan (Lucy), PhD, RN; Bott, Marjorie, PhD, RN; He, Jianghua, PhD; Kim, Heejung, PhD, RN; Park, Shin Hye, PhD, RN; Dunton, Nancy, PhD, RN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 2 - p 86–92
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000715
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Falls and injurious falls are a major safety concern for patient care in acute care hospitals. Inpatient falls and injurious falls can cause extra financial burden to patients, families, and healthcare facilities. This article provides clinical implications and recommendations for adult inpatient fall and injurious fall prevention through a brief review of factors associated with falls and injurious falls and current fall prevention practices in acute care hospitals.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Zhao), School of Nursing, Boise State University, Idaho; Associate Dean, and Research and Associate Professor (Dr Bott), School of Nursing; and Associate Professor (Dr He), Department of Biostatistics, University of Kansas, Kansas City; Assistant Professor (Dr Kim), College of Nursing, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea; and Assistant Professor (Dr Park) and Research Professor (Dr Dunton), School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Zhao, School of Nursing, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr, Mail Stop 1840, Boise, ID 83725 (lucyzhao@boisestate.edu).

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