Use of standard risk screening and assessment forms to prevent harm to older people in Australian hospitals: a mixed methods study.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Standardized screening tools are frequently used to assess risk among hospitalized older patients to prevent harm from falls and adverse drug events. This mixed methods study of 11 health services across Victoria, Australia, found that skin integrity and fall risk were consistently assessed, but there was significant variability across institutions with regard to the assessment of nutrition, cognitive function, and medication issues.