This trial assessed the value of a patient-risk-specific intervention to reduce the risk of falls in hospitalized patients. Based on a validated risk assessment completed by the nurse, fall risk-reducing interventions were tailored to the patient-specific fall risk determinants, and included customized bed posters and patient education. During the 6 month intervention, the fall risk in the intervention units were significantly lower than those on control units (3.2 vs 4.2 per 1000 patient days). Fall risk interventions, tailored to patient-specific risks, can reduce the risk of falls in hospitalized patients (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.