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Multifactorial interventions to reduce duration and variability in delays to identification of serious injury after falls in hospital inpatients.

Saleem J, Sarma D, Wright H, et al. Multifactorial interventions to reduce duration and variability in delays to identification of serious injury after falls in hospital inpatients. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(3):152-160. doi: 10.1097/pts.0000000000000879

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April 27, 2022
Saleem J, Sarma D, Wright H, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(3):152-160.

Hospitals employ a variety of strategies to prevent inpatient falls. Based on data from incident reports, this study used process mapping to identify opportunities to improve timely diagnosis of serious injury resulting from inpatient falls. Researchers found that multiple interventions (e.g., education, changes in the transport process) with small individual effects resulted in a substantial cumulative positive impact on delays in the diagnosis of serious harm resulting from a fall.

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Saleem J, Sarma D, Wright H, et al. Multifactorial interventions to reduce duration and variability in delays to identification of serious injury after falls in hospital inpatients. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(3):152-160. doi: 10.1097/pts.0000000000000879