Partnering with patients and families in designing visual cues to prevent falls in hospitalized elders


St. Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's South Shore, West Allis Memorial Hospital, Center for Nursing Research & Practice


Prevention of falls in hospitalized elderly is critical to avoid injury and maintain independence. As part of a comprehensive program, nursing staff in a medical telemetry unit partnered with patients and their families to design and implement an educational poster to prevent falls. Ongoing patient/family feedback was used to modify the poster until it was appealing and effective for patients. The effort resulted in a marked decrease in falls on the unit over the pilot period.

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