Patient/Family Education Program Cuts Fall Rate

by Sheela Philomena on  May 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM Senior Health News
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Educating patients and families in cardiovascular units reduces the rate of patient falls by 64 percent, reveals study. The program incorporated education for patients as well as families and included a booklet and a poster for each patient room.
 Patient/Family Education Program Cuts Fall Rate
Patient/Family Education Program Cuts Fall Rate
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In the two months before the program began, the fall rate was 12.73 per 1,000 patient days in the cardiovascular unit. In the two months after the patient/family education program began, the fall rate declined to 4.59 per 1,000 a 64 percent reduction.

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The patient information urges people to "Please call, don't fall." Patients were educated about factors putting them at risk for falling: experiencing a fall in the past three months, being older than 70 and having vision problems.

Further study will be needed to determine the long-term effect of the program, researchers said.

Source: Eurekalert
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