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The Extra Resource Burden of in-Hospital Falls: A Cost of Falls Study.

Morello, et al. | The Medical Journal of Australia. | 2015

A patient smiles into the camera while a caregiver transports them down a hospital hallway in a wheelchair.


Objective: To quantify the additional hospital length of stay (LOS) and costs associated with in-hospital falls and fall injuries in acute hospitals in Australia. Design, setting and participants: A multisite prospective cohort study conducted during 2011e2013 in the control wards of a falls prevention trial (6-PACK). The trial included all admissions to 12 acute medical and surgical wards of six Australian hospitals. In-hospital falls data were collected from medical record reviews, daily verbal reports by ward nurse unit managers, and hospital incident reporting and administrative databases. Clinicalcosting data were linked for three of the six participating hospitals to calculate patient-level costs.


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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Fall Prevention

Content Type: Journal Articles