Reducing serious injury from falls in two veterans' hospital medical-surgical units

J Nurs Care Qual. Jan-Mar 2009;24(1):33-41. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31818f528e.


A large veteran's hospital participated in a year-long collaborative project across 9 hospitals to reduce serious injury from falls in acute care, targeting medical-surgical units. The primary objective of this project was to develop and test a set of interventions (bundles) to prevent serious physical injury (fractures and hemorrhagic bleeds) from patient falls. The interventions were implemented using tests of change on 2 medical-surgical units focused on engaging unit-based staff and combining innovations for vulnerable populations at greatest risk for injury if they fall.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease / nursing
  • Hospital Units / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, Veterans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / statistics & numerical data
  • Perioperative Nursing / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Wounds and Injuries / nursing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*