Injuries from Falls and Immobility

Hospital falls are a serious patient safety problem, accounting for nearly 84% of all inpatient incidents. Among adults 65 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death. A fall resulting in a serious injury can cost an additional $13,300 and increase the length of stay by 6.27 days for each patient. 

The strategies reviewed below can greatly reduce the number of falls. Together, we can make a difference. Our goal is to reduce falls by over 40 percent by the end of 2014.

Strategies and Tools

Fall Prevention Call to Action Video:

Brought to you by the Washington State Hospital Association 

Safety Action Bundle

Jeopardy! Game Tool

Education Series Content Summary

Education Series Content Review Questions

Education Series Customizable Slide Decks:

Education Series Recorded Presentations:

Measuring Success

Falls with Injury Measure Definition Sheet

Additional Resources

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Falls Reduction and Prevention Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Preventing Falls in Hospitals Toolkit 




Amber Theel