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Building Clinical Capacity and Competency:
Fall and Fall Injury Prevention
By Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

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Advance Your Fall and Injury
Program Management Through
6 Evidence-Based Steps

Patient falls are one of the most common, costly, and harmful health events across settings of care. U.S. hospitals, for example, see up to one million patient falls per year, and spend an average of $14,000 on each one. Although the evidence is clear that current fall and injury programs leave critical staff and patient needs unmet, most organizations continue to rely on outdated, nurse-led models. It’s time for a system-level shift in fall and injury prevention—one that will reduce rehospitalizations, improve clinical outcomes, and increase both staff and patient satisfaction.

In this white paper, Dr. Patricia Quigley, one of the nation’s foremost experts in rehabilitation nursing and fall management, provides healthcare leaders with an evidence-based guide to addressing this challenge. Though primarily focused on inpatient fall management, this white paper will help decision-makers in long-term care, home care, and other settings make meaningful strides toward a safer and more empowering environment.

Readers will gain:

  • An overview of the latest research and trends on patient falls and injuries
  • An understanding of the key organizational blockers to effective programs
  • Six proven solutions for building clinical skills in fall risk assessment, prevention methods, and post-fall care
  • Recommended resources for continuing education, patient engagement and more tient safety

1 LeLaurin, J. H. & Shorr, R. I. (2019). Preventing falls in hospitalized patients. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 35(2): 273–283.
2 The Joint Commission. (2017). Sentinel alert data. General information. Quarter 2 update. Retrieved from: https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_55.pdf

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This white paper is part of MedBridge’s Fall Prevention Solution, which offers evidence-based clinical education and patient engagement resources for reducing fall-related harm.

Who is this white paper for?

This white paper is an ideal resource for:

  • Managers, administrators, and other healthcare decision-makers
  • Nursing staff, CNAs, Home Health Aides, and other practitioners
  • Anyone involved in preventing patient harm, including family members and caregivers

These best practices can be applied in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home care-based organizations

Meet the Author

Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

Dr. Patricia Quigley’s 40-year nursing career demonstrates cutting-edge patient safety clinical practice that has forcefully impacted healthcare and policy at the national level. Dr. Quigley has magnified the scope of practice for patient safety and nursing, been an advocate for the rights and needs of persons with disabilities, and instilled nurses with pride in their work. Her voice for autonomy and advocacy of the rights of people with disabilities has contributed to improved patient outcomes, safety and function related to fall prevention, and reduction in workplace injuries for healthcare workers and patients.

Dr. Quigley has helped shape the practice, policy, and science of fall management and prevention through nationally deployed toolkits, over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and 50 non-peer-reviewed products and resources. She has been widely recognized for her pioneering work in this area, having been honored with over 60 awards and recognitions. Dr. Quigley is a highly sought-after lecturer, nationally and internationally, and shares her knowledge to inspire and challenge innovation at the point of care to improve patient safety.