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Mark Toles, PhD, RN; February 2018
Following a hospital stay for a broken arm and dislocated shoulder, an older man was discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for rehabilitation. Providers were concerned about his ability to live independently given results of cognitive and living skills assessments performed during the hospital stay. Although the hospital social worker had begun the process of applying for home care and meals for the patient, the SNF discharged him home with no access to care, food, or his medications.
Journal Article > Commentary
Safety standards: implementing fall prevention interventions and sustaining lower fall rates by promoting the culture of safety on an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Leone RM, Adams RJ. Rehabil Nurs. 2016;41:26-32.
Inpatient falls are a pervasive sentinel event that require improvements in processes and the environment to achieve sustainable reductions. This commentary discusses how engaging nurse leadership in fall prevention efforts in a rehabilitation unit decreased fall rates and sustained this improvement by promoting a culture of safety.