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Program May Help Prevent Falls in Hospitalized Patients
Date:11/2/2010

at a HIT program that tailors interventions to address patient-specific determinants of risk and is implemented within existing workflows is effective in acute care hospitals with older adults. Because patient falls in hospitals are a major risk factor for fractures and other injuries, reducing falls is an important first step toward injury prevention, and any reduction in patient falls has clinical significance," Dykes and colleagues said.

"Further study is needed to determine if a similar program evaluated over a longer period of time can significantly reduce repeat falls. Moreover, work is needed to develop a set of interventions that will prevent fall-related injuries. However, the FPTK was effective at reducing numbers of falls in intervention versus control units," the researchers concluded.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about fall prevention.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Nov. 2, 2010


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