Preventing Patient Falls: Second Edition

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If not, why? Is the staff implementing the interventions? Are the interventions effective?

The measure of effectiveness is whether the number of falls has been reduced. If the interventions are not effective, what different interventions should be tried? HFM Daily offers blog coverage by the award-winning HFM editorial team and links to in-depth information on health care design, construction, engineering, environmental services, operations and technology.

A caregiver is able to monitor several patients at risk for falls at one time. Photo courtesy of Baptist Health. The results of a recently concluded pilot program at the medical center show that they may have found a solution to a difficult problem.


The medical center combined a high-tech patient monitoring system with hands-free communication devices for staff in an effort to prevent patient falls and especially falls with injuries. After a three-month test period in 20 patient rooms, the results were zero incidents of patients who suffered falls with injuries, says Nancy Simon, vice president of patient care services at the medical center.

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As of March , falls represented the number one category of root cause analyses submitted to the NCPS Patient Safety Information System , an internal, confidential, non-punitive reporting system. Falls were the second highest category of sentinel events report to the Joint Commission in We have made the Toolkit available for a number of years, begining in The current editon, with updates and revisions, was posted in July We appreciate feedback on this effort and the materials offered.

Falls Toolkit

If you would like to provide us with suggestions for improving the Toolkit or pass on stories as to how you used this information to improve the falls prevention program at your facility, please contact us: NCPS va. The Toolkit consists of a wide variety of items, please ensure that you scroll to the bottom of this page to view all the resources we have provided.

Fall Program Interventions Self-Assessment.