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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

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

Growdon ME, Shorr RI, Inouye SK. JAMA internal medicine. 2017;177:759-760.

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.