Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Mother/Baby Falls

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that between 700,000 and a million people fall in the hospital each year. Additionally, little attention has been paid to the falls involved in the newborn population despite the approximation of between 600-1,600 newborn falls in the US annually. Significant research has been conducted over the last several decades to minimize harm and mortality due to falls but the topic still remains one of the great challenges facing hospitals today.

Executive summary checklist

The Joint Commission cited the following in their March 2018 safety alert: “ Inpatient falls have been well studied in the adult population, and there is a large body of research in fall prevention and cost reduction. Conversely, there is little attention to falls in the newborn population, although it

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