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Three-step program increases patient activation and engagement in hospital fall prevention efforts

February 25, 2020

Three-step program increases patient activation and engagement in hospital fall prevention efforts

Hundreds of thousands of patients fall each year, and 30 to 50% of those patients sustain an injury. While falls are a major problem in health care settings, the risk of falling is even greater for hospitalized patients due to an unfamiliar environment, new medications and symptoms of acute illness. The number of patient falls and falls with injury can be reduced substantially with preventive measures.

A new study, “Patient Activation Related to Fall Prevention: A Multisite Study,” in the March issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety examines the role that patient activation played in the Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) program, a three-step fall prevention process, with patients and their families.

Full press release from The Joint Commission