Tips to Reduce Patient Falls, from Patient Safety Expert Patricia Quigley

Key Lessons from the Veterans Administration

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About the Webconference

Clinical judgment and expertise serve as foundations for developing fall prevention programs. Sufficient evidence exists for multi-component interventions to reduce falls in the elderly; yet, evidence is insufficient on how to implement them.

In this on-demand webconference, Dr. Quigley presents models that link interventions to specific fall risk factors, engage patients and caregivers as full partners in the organization’s fall and injury prevention program, and enable accurate measurement of program effectiveness.

Watch the presentation to learn how to:

  • Sustain improvements when pairing fall prevention and fall-with-injury prevention programs
  • Spread risk assessment best practices and interventions to other units
  • Describe ways hospitals can partner with patients and families in fall reduction efforts


Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Associate Director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry

Additional Resources

The following resources are available in the Falls Toolkit developed by the VA National Center for Patient Safety and the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry:

  • A guide to developing a multi-disciplinary falls team
  • Interventions to reduce fall risk and injuries from falls
  • A guide to measuring the success of your interventions
  • Annotated references on topics related to falls

You can also visit the Department of Veterans Affairs' website to access:

  • The Hip Protector Toolkit
  • The Peer Leader Toolkit
  • A patient education video about osteoporosis in men
  • A patient education brochure on anticoagulants
  • An organizational self-assessment questionnaire

Topics: Nursing, Workforce, Performance Improvement