Researchers: Falls in hospitals may not be preventable

07/11/2011 | Nurse.com

A review found "no proof that falls in hospital are, in fact, preventable. And if not, they should not be categorized as a preventable occurrence and the burden shouldn't be borne by hospitals," according to the co-author of a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. One of the studies that researchers reviewed suggests that comprehensive prevention programs don't reduce falls among patients during typical hospital stays but are effective in long-term care.

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