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Evidence-Based Falls Prevention:
A Study Guide for Nurses, Second Edition

Carole Eldridge, RN, MSN, CNAA-BC    


Evidence-Based Falls Prevention: A Study Guide for Nurses, Second Edition teaches nurses will learn about risk factors, assessing patients, preventing falls, and proper response if a fall occurs. This edition also includes a completely new chapter devoted to pediatric falls to help nurses assess and protect their youngest patients.

The book shows you how to:

  • Analyze where and how falls are likely to happen
  • Encourage and ensure effective reporting of patient falls
  • Plan care through proactive screening and interdisciplinary assessment
  • Implement organizationwide steps that will help reduce the overall risk of falls
  • Perform clinical assessment reviews
  • Organize a valuable, multifactorial intervention program

Written by Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNAA-BC, Evidence-Based Falls Prevention, Second Edition, is designed especially to help nursing staff understand the vital role they play in falls-prevention. It contains a comprehensive overview of key falls-risk and falls-prevention studies to ensure valuable, evidence-based training.

Now with CD-ROM!

In this second edition, you receive updated evidence on fall risks and causes, as well as tools for developing falls prevention policies, including in the pediatric environment. The study guide now also features a CD-ROM packed with forms and tools. Put your hospital name on the forms, customize them to fit your needs, and print them out for immediate staff use!

The financial repercussions and adverse patient outcomes associated with patient falls are among the most serious risk management issues a hospital faces. Evidence-Based Falls Prevention, Second Edition is your answer to a successful and vigilant falls-prevention program that helps your facility exceed Joint Commission expectations and deliver high-quality patient care.


Not enough time to organize a group learning session?

This tool is great for self-learning, too! The self-study format allows nurses to use this guide when it is most convenient for them. And the exam helps assess and document the effectiveness of training and the knowledge gained by the learner.

Learning Objectives

  • State a goal for performing an assessment
  • Explain why documentation is important
  • Describe the two phases of nursing assessment
  • Identify elements of the functional screen
  • Define a fall
  • Identify several non-modifiable intrinsic fall risk factors
  • List examples of modifiable risk factors
  • List functional risk factor modifications
  • Describe recommendations for preventing falls in the cognitively impaired
  • List specific medical conditions responsible for falls that are often overlooked
  • Identify hospital-wide steps that may reduce the risk of falls
  • List modifiable risk factors that a good falls-prevention program should address
  • Identify the three main elements of a falls-prevention program
  • Identify elements that should be included in a multifactorial intervention program
  • Formulate questions to ask after a fall takes place in order to respond appropriately
  • Describe factors to consider when conducting a post-fall assessment of an unwitnessed fall
  • Identify three distinct information records that must be maintained for every fall
  • Identify four categories of pediatric falls

Target Audience

Evidence-Based Falls Prevention, Second Edition is the perfect resource for staff nurses, directors of nursing, risk managers, staff development coordinators, CNOs/VPs of patient services, human resources, quality directors, and patient safety directors.

About the author

Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNAA-BC, is a board-certified nurse administrator, advanced, with extensive experience in starting and managing healthcare companies. Eldridge has opened and operated several Medicare and private duty home health agencies, a hospice, a medical equipment company, and a healthcare publishing company, overseeing a four-state home care company as Chief Executive Officer for several years. She has served as both National Staff Development Coordinator and Vice President of Resident and Quality Services for a large assisted living company.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

HCPro Inc. has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, contributors, or their partners/spouses have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Continuing Education:

If you would like to find out about the availability of nursing contact hours on this or any other HCPro nursing book, please visit our Continuing Education information page, here.

Published: October 2007