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New Toolkit for Fall Prevention in Hospitals

AHRQ: New online toolkit released, Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care.

Each year, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the United States fall in the hospital. A fall may result in fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding, leading to increased health care utilization. Research shows that close to one-third of falls can be prevented. Fall prevention involves managing a patient’s underlying fall risk factors and optimizing the hospital’s physical design and environment. This toolkit focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program.

Available here: http://1.usa.gov/12Pf3j3

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