Fall Prevention Deserves Your Attention

Duke University Hospital (Durham, North Carolina)

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Project Topic

Fall prevention

CSI Participants

Susan Ashland, BSN, RN
Morgan Cleaver, RN
Diana O. Cobb, MSN, RN-BC
Paula Wray, RN-BC

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To decrease patient falls on the General Medicine Unit 50 percent in nine months
  2. To reinforce the use of current interventions within our organization, and introduce new methods to ensure patient safety
  3. To educate staff on the importance of patient safety

Project Outcomes

  1. Decreased the average number of falls per month 40 percent (from five to three)
  2. Reduced falls without injury 31 percent (from 87 to 60)
  3. Reduced falls with injury 33 percent (from nine to six)
  4. These outcomes resulted in a projected annual fiscal impact of $122,973.

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