7 Elements of Successful Fall Prevention Program Implementation

Multicomponent fall prevention programs can reduce the relative risk for falls by as much as 30 percent, according to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The authors reviewed the literature to determine the effectiveness of fall prevention programs as a patient safety strategy. They found that while multicomponent programs can reduce falls among inpatients, there is no evidence for an optimal bundle of components.

Eleven studies, however, showed the following seven elements were associated with successful implementation of multicomponent fall prevention programs:

•    Leadership support
•    Engagement of front-line staff in program design
•    Guidance of the prevention program by a multidisciplinary committee
•    Pilot tests of interventions
•    Use of information technology systems to provide data about falls
•    Staff education and training
•    Changes in nihilistic attitudes about fall prevention

More Articles on Patient Falls:

Patient Safety Tool: Preventing Falls in Hospitals Toolkit From AHRQ
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Patient Safety Tool: Roadmap to a Comprehensive Falls Prevention Program

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