Acute Care Patient Falls: A Case Study

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Authors Cox et al. (2014) presented an interesting article discussing their study related to factors associated with acute care patient falls. The main area of focus was to identify the number of falls, type of falls, whether injuries were associated with the patient falls and if any correlation between the staffing ratios and falls existed (Cox et al., 2014). As expected, the most common falls noted in the study, as documented by Cox et al. (2014) was related to patients with known fall risk contributors, either past or present. The researchers also found the most common time for a patient fall was during the night shift; however, they noted another, much larger study with conflicting data showing the day shift to be the most likely time
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