Characteristics and circumstances of falls in a hospital setting

  title={Characteristics and circumstances of falls in a hospital setting},
  author={MS EileenB.Hitcho and Ms. Melissa J. Krauss MPH and Stanley S Birge and William Claiborne Dunagan and Irene Fischer MPH and RN MSMBAShirleyJohnson and RN PatriciaA.Nast and RN Eileen Costantinou MSN and Dr. Victoria J. Fraser},
  journal={Journal of General Internal Medicine},
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of hospital inpatient falls, including characteristics of patients who fall, circumstances of falls, and fall-related injuries. DESIGN: Prospective descriptive study of inpatient falls. Data on patient characteristics, fall circumstances, and injury were collected through interviews with patients and/or nurses and review of adverse event reports and medical records. Fall rates and nurse staffing levels were compared by service. SETTING: A 1,300-bed urban… CONTINUE READING
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