Patricia A. Quigley, PhD MPH ARNP CRRN FAAN, is the deputy director at the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center.
Strategies to Reduce Risk of Fall-Related Injuries in Rehabilitation Nursing
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 120–125, May-June 2007
How to Cite
Quigley, P. A., Bulat, T. and Hart-Hughes, S. (2007), Strategies to Reduce Risk of Fall-Related Injuries in Rehabilitation Nursing. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32: 120–125. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00163.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- fall-related injuries;
Rehabilitation nurses are in a critical position to lead interdisciplinary team fall prevention management, including injury risk reduction. This article provides an update for rehabilitation nurses on evidence-based strategies to reduce patients' risk of fall-related injuries. This content builds on existing literature by focusing on knowledge to promote patient responses that reduce the risk of falls and ultimately fall-related injuries. Although rehabilitation nurses understand the complex nature of falls, addressing the intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors that increase the risk of fall-related injuries requires both individually based treatment programs and a system-wide commitment. A plethora of literature discusses fall risks and falls, but this article profiles the at-risk patient and describes current and emerging evidence-based interventions to protect patients from fall-related injuries by reducing risk factors. This discussion is limited to exercise, environmental redesign, osteoporosis prevention, and hip protectors.