February 18, 2013

New AHRQ Resource Can Help Prevent Patient Falls in Hospitals

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a new online toolkit, "Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care," which focuses on reducing falls that occur during a patient's hospital stay. Nearly one million patients fall in U.S. hospitals each year.

The toolkit is organized under six major areas that address hospital readiness, program management, choosing fall prevention practices, implementation, measurement and sustainability. Fall prevention programs require an interdisciplinary approach to care in order to manage a patient's underlying fall risk factors, such as problems with walking and transfers, medication side effects, confusion and frequent toileting needs. View the online toolkit.