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Inpatient Fall Prevention Programs as a Patient Safety Strategy: A Systematic Review

Miake-Lye IM, et al. | Annals of Internal Medicine | 2013

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This systematic review, including 4 meta-analyses involving 19 studies, shows that comprehensive fall prevention programs can help reduce the risk of inpatient falls by as much as 30%. Addressing the benefits and harms of fall prevention programs in an acute care setting, Miake-Lye identifies several factors crucial for the successful implementation of the program including responsive leadership, staff engagement and pilot testing. 

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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Fall Prevention

Content Type: Journal Articles

Reference: Miake-Lye IM, Hempel S, Ganz DA, Shekelle PG. Inpatient fall prevention programs as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013; 158(5 pt2):390-6