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Simple precautionary measures can reduce numbers of falls in hospital

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:447
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Nearly one in five falls in UK hospitals could be prevented if hospitals adopted simple precautionary measures, says a report from the National Patient Safety Agency.

    The report draws on data from over 205 000 incidents reported to the agency's national reporting and learning system over a year beginning in September 2005.

    These incidents included at least 970 fractures, of which 530 were hip fractures. There were 26 confirmed deaths.

    In an average 800 bed acute hospital trust, the report estimates, there will be around 24 falls each week and more than 1260 falls every year. The cost to the average acute …

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