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Fall Prevention

Nurses play an integral role in keeping patients safe. Nearly every nurse can recall an incident in which a patient fell, and how devastating this was for the patient, family and for the nurse.  A leading cause of injury during hospitalizations in the United States is patient falls. At Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) we have prioritized falls reduction with noteworthy results.

The SHC Falls Prevention Program uses multifaceted strategies and an interdisciplinary approach; employing both organization-wide and unit/patient population specific approaches.  Our program focuses on anticipating antecedents that cause patients to fall and engages patients and families.

Organization-Wide Approaches

SHC has instituted an organization-wide Falls Prevention Committee that monitors fall data, call light data, viewing of falls prevention videos data, and uses storytelling about specific cases to engage staff and promote transparency.

Staff and Patient Education


Unit-based/Patient Population Specific Strategies


2013 Goals

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