Fall Prevention Strategy to Decrease Injuries to Patients and Staff

Fall Prevention Strategy to Decrease Injuries to Patients and Staff

Identification: MSNN1806
Issue: November/December 2018
Volume: Volume 27 - Number 6
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 12/31/2020
  • 1.10 - CH


In January 2016, a fall prevention program, using the acronym SAFE, was created to decrease the number of injuries to patients and staff. After implementation, a medical-surgical unit went 170 days without a fall and zero staff injuries.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this continuing nursing education activity, the learner will be able to discuss strategies to reduce patient and staff injury as a result of assisted falls.

Learning Engagement Activity:

Respond to the following self-assessment questions:
1. Does your organization use standardized tools to assess patients at risk to fall?
2. Can you discuss the elements of the SAFE fall prevention program described in this article?

Contact hours available until 12/31/2020.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:

This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and AMSN.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


Credits Available

Expired On: Dec 31, 2020

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Scottie Olivas
1/8/19 8:51 pm

Good ideas

Chinyere Nosiri
1/12/19 5:37 am

Fall is prevented start from patient admission to the area. Application of all fall interventions to prevent fall.

Mini Kuncheria
1/17/19 4:47 pm

Very important to prevent falls by proper interventions.

Cynthia Hoffman
1/23/19 5:30 am

Excellent. Creative and successful use of SAFE acronym.

Chiquita Holden-Williams
1/25/19 10:14 am

This was a very informative and helpful lesson to implement within my job profession.

Indira Shadrach
2/13/19 2:13 am

very helpful .lot of information.

Lisa Doremus
3/2/19 9:58 am

Always best to know what is going on with patients before moving them

Lisa Campbell
7/23/19 12:36 am

Great information. Our organization is working hard to prevent preventable falls.

Kirsten Luterman
8/29/19 2:02 pm

I really like the SAFE acronym and assessment ideas. I'm going to share this with my unit.

Sandra LaPointe
10/10/19 11:34 am

Fall prevention strategies and policies should be initiated during the onboarding process and revisited often.

Edith Michael
10/11/19 3:22 am

I will share this information with my colleagues. Many at times we answer patients' lights that are not ours, having this tool and even going as far as writing on the white board, 1 or 2 assists will help in preventing assisted falls.

Frank Haecker
5/1/20 1:54 am

I love this method. I am going to present the information to my head nurse.

Brenda Williams
8/20/20 2:16 pm

Loved this idea....Very creative!

Mary Ann Van Orden
9/12/20 12:21 pm

Missed reading this article. Good ideas. Being only 5 foot I feel the need for a second helper frequently. Now I know why.