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Patient falls in hospital are frequent and harmful but are they preventable?

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Published on Jan 26, 2016

Associate Professor Anna Barker and Ms Renata Morello from the SPHPM’s Falls and Bone Health Team, within the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), led a cluster randomised control study involving 31,411 patients in 24 acute wards in six Australian hospitals between 2012 and 2013, the largest undertaken worldwide to date.

“Falls are one of the largest causes of patient harm in Australian hospitals, with more than 30,000 falls recorded in 2013-14 – they are a national safety and quality priority,” Associate Professor Anna Barker, Chief Investigator on the study said.

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