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Keywords:

  • collaboration;
  • falls prevention;
  • hospital inpatients;
  • nursing;
  • occupational therapy

Abstract A retrospective audit of inpatient falls at the Gold Coast Hospital was conducted in August 1996. This collaborative approach of occupational therapy and nursing staff aimed to reduce the number of patients falling while they were hospital inpatients. From the first audit a number of high risk patient groups, activities and ward environments were identified and a falls prevention program implemented. A second audit conducted 2 years later demonstrated a decrease in falls and related injuries. This paper discusses the findings of the falls audit and presents the ‘Fall STOP’ falls prevention program that was initiated.