Effect of bedroom size on falls in hospital: does one size fit all?

I. Ugboma, Amy Drahota, Bernard Higgins, Martin Severs

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Abstract

Improving patient observation is a commonly used strategy for those at risk of falls and injury. In our experience of establishing a study on flooring for fall-related injury prevention, policies to place high-risk patients in rooms with good line of sight from the nursing station appear widespread, yet there is a dearth of empirical evidence on room type for patient safety, particularly with respect to falls. Serendipitously, the double relocation of a local elderly care general rehabilitation ward provided an ideal opportunity to assess the influence of bedroom type on falls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1154
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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