Fall Prevention Program Resources

A collection of resources to support a fall prevention program. These resources are comprehensive and provide detailed information from beginning of the performance improvement initiative through measuring the end results. Innovative and evidence-based practice ideas are offered to help an organization implement processes to improve patient fall rates.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Focus on Fall Prevention

    A publication from American Nurse Today in 2015 presents a successful program from the Patient Safety Center at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. The article reviews problems identified, patient fall risk assessment, fall risk precautions, creating a culture that facilitates fall prevention and a roadmap that outlines an effective fall prevention program.

    TAGS: American, Nurse, Patient, Safety, Risk, precautions, Preventing, james, haley, veterans

  • Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses - Fall and Injury Prevention

    Chapter 10 of the AHRQ book, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, that focuses on Fall and Injury Prevention. This chapter presents a background and statistical analysis of patient falls and also gives evidence-based fall prevention recommendations.

    TAGS: AHRQ, Patient, Evidence-based, Nurse, background, Quality, handbook

  • Falls Toolkit - VA National Center for Patient Safety

    A Fall Prevention toolkit created by the National Center for Patient Safety that is designed to help organizations develop comprehensive fall prevention programs. This toolkit contains sample policies, performance improvement tools, educational videos and other resources that they have developed and used in the VA system.

    TAGS: Prevention, Center, Patient, toolkit, Policies, Educational, Improvement, VA, system

  • Preventing Falls in Hospitals Toolkit - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    A resource to support organizations through the entire process of implementing a program to reduce patient falls. This toolkit addresses organizational readiness for change, development and measurement of fall prevention programs.

    TAGS: Processes, implementing, Reduce, Patient, readiness, Development, measurement

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Patient Safety Toolkit: Ambulatory Surgery and Preventing Falls - Institute for Quality Improvement

    A quick 2-page guide focusing on how to prevent patient falls in ambulatory surgery. This resource is short, to-the-point and would be excellent as a staff education tool.

    TAGS: ambulatory, Resources, Education, Staff

  • Hospital-Based Fall Program Measurement and Improvement in High Reliability Organizations

    This resource, developed by the American Nurses Association, provides information on how to measure success with a fall prevention program while tying into the journey to being a highly reliable organization. This is an excellent resource to show incorporation of patient safety into organizational commitment to zero harm.

    TAGS: American, Nurse, Association, Prevention, commitment, organizational, Patient

  • Fall Prevention Toolkits - American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    This resource provides information for practitioners as well as the public on how occupational therapy can help prevent falls. Clincal staff education and patient educational materials are provided.

    TAGS: Practitioners, Patient, Education, occupational, therapy

  • Targeted Solutions Tool for Preventing Falls - The Joint Commission

    A framework for a performance improvement methodology to help reduce patient falls. This Targeted Solutions Tool uses Lean Six Sigma concepts to facilitate change and an organization's journey to zero patient harm.

    TAGS: Targeted, six, sigma, Organizations, journey, Patient, Harm, Reduce, Fall

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Preventing Patient Falls: A Systematic Approach from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Project

    A report provided by The Joint Commission that discusses patient fall occurrences and provides insights into the top contributing factors to patient falls. The report offers helpful ideas on how to mitigate risks to the contributing factors.

    TAGS: Joint, Reporting, factor, Mitigate, Risk, Patient

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Fall Prevention Resource Guide

    This resource presents an overview for development of an effective fall prevention program, including a policy development template that addresses the components of a fall prevention policy. In addition, resources are provided on the effects of specific drugs on fall risk and a fall prevention checklist to help promote the safety of patients.

    TAGS: Policy, drugs, Fall, Risk, Safety, Checklist, Effective, Program

  • Webinar


    Fall Prevention in Behavioral Health

    Falls are a common adverse event for behavioral health patients. This webinar considers different fall risk assessments, the common causes of falls amongst this patient population and possible interventions to reduce the occurrence of falls.

    TAGS: Fall, Risk, Assessment, Patient, Interventions, Reduce