What is a Fall

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About Patient Falls

Understanding the causes and consequences of an injurious fall event is the first step to adopting a successful fall prevention program.


What is a fall? Why do people fall? How serious is it? Who’s at risk?

What is a fall?

For the purposes of our work, we define a fall as a sudden, unintentional descent, with or without injury to the patient, that results in the patient coming to rest on the floor, on or against some other surface, on another person, or on an object.

Source: National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®).

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    Falls are one of the most common adverse events that cause harm to hospitalized patients. Each year approximately 160,000 injurious falls occur in healthcare settings, and ten percent of such falls occur in hospitals.
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