Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care


Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care


This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient’s hospital stay.

The toolkit is designed for multiple uses. The core document is an implementation guide organized under six major questions intended to be used primarily by the Implementation Team charged with leading the effort to put the new prevention strategies into practice. The full guide also includes links to tools and resources, which are designed to be used by different audiences and for different purposes, as indicated in the guide.

The six questions that make up the major sections of the implementation guide are:

  1. Are you ready for this change?
  2. How will you manage change?
  3. Which fall prevention practices do you want to use?
  4. How do you implement best practices in your organization?
  5. How do you measure fall rates and fall prevention practices?
  6. How do you sustain an effective fall prevention program?


ECRI; RAND Corporation; Boston University School of Public Health

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2013
Original Summary: March 2013
Last Updated: 06/18/14

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