nursing.elitecme.com Page 65 Complete Your CE Test Online - Click Here Fall prevention strategies are not a “one size fits all” proposition. Such strategies must be individualized to the patients. For example, it may be assumed that a strong, young, and generally healthy patient hospitalized for a bacterial infection is not in much danger of falling. Never assume. This patient needs to be assessed for fall risk and appropriate strategies need to implemented accordingly. This patient may be taking medication that alters cognition and/or balance. Nurses play a major role in fall prevention. However, they do not act in isolation. All employees, regardless of profession or role, must receive appropriate education regarding fall prevention. A culture of safety is the responsibility of everyone who works within a given organization. References Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (2013a). Preventing falls in hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/fallpxtoolkit/fallpxtk4.html. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (2013b). Preventing falls in hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/fallpxtoolkit/fallpxtk5.html. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (2013c). Preventing falls in hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/fallpxtoolkit/fallpxtkover.html. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (2013d). Preventing falls in hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/fallpxtoolkit/fallpxtk3.html. Avillion, A. E. (2015). Nursing professional development: A practical guide for evidence–based education. Danvers, MASS: HCPro. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (no date given). Algorithm for fall risk assessment & interventions. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/Algorithm_2015-04-a.pdf. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2016). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2017). Important facts about falls. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html. Chu, R. (2017). Preventing inpatient falls: The nurse’s pivotal role. Nursing 2017, 47(3), 25-31. Gamble, M. (2013). 5 traits of high reliability organizations: How to hardwire each in your organization. Retrieved from http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management- administration/5-traits-of-high-reliability-organizations-how-to-hardwire-each-in-your-organization. html. Heung, M., Adamowski, T., Segal, J.H. and Malani, P.N. (2010) A successful approach to fall prevention in an outpatient hemodialysis center. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 5, 1775-1779. The Joint Commission. (2015). Sentinel Alert, Issue 55, September 28, 2015. Retrieved from http:// www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_55.pdf. Minnesota Falls Prevention Initiative. (no date given). Risk factor assessment tools. http://www. mnfallsprevention.org/professional/assessmenttools.html. Quigley, P. A., & White, S. V. (2013). Hospital-based fall program measurement and improvement in high reliability organizations. Retrieved from http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-18-2013/No2-May-2013/Fall-Program- Measurement.html?css=print. Stokowski, L. (2014). Time to battle alarm fatigue. Retrieved from http://www.medscape.com/ viewarticle/820738. World Health Organization (WHO). (2016). Falls. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/ factsheets/fs344/en/.