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The tension between promoting mobility and preventing falls in the hospital.

Growdon ME, Shorr RI, Inouye SK. The Tension Between Promoting Mobility and Preventing Falls in the Hospital. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0840.

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May 10, 2017
Growdon ME, Shorr RI, Inouye SK. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(6):759-760.

This commentary discusses unintended consequences of the well-intentioned strategy of keeping older adults in bed while hospitalized to reduce falls, a never event. The authors suggest that immobilizing patients is not the answer to fall prevention and advocate for hospitals to promote patient mobility as a routine part of care.

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Growdon ME, Shorr RI, Inouye SK. The Tension Between Promoting Mobility and Preventing Falls in the Hospital. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0840.