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Fall Prevention and Bathroom Safety in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Spritzer SD, et al. | Epilepsy & Behaviour | 2015

A clinician places their hand on a patient's shoulder while resting in a Hillrom hospital bed.

Falls are one of the most common adverse events in the epilepsy monitoring unit, however, little is known regarding effectiveness of specific interventions due to variation in protocols and procedures between institutions. Over the course of 12 years, Mayo Clinic Arizona initiated several interventions to decrease falls and improve patient and caregiver safety resulting in a trend of decreasing fall frequency. However, no specific intervention could be identified as having a high impact on fall rates until the MasterVest™ ceiling lift system was put in place for use in all EMU patients when out of bed. Over 15 months after adopting the ceiling lift system, no falls occurred; preventing an expected 2.13 falls a year.

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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Fall Prevention

Content Type: Journal Articles

Related Products: MasterVest™

Reference: Spritzer SD, Riordan KC, Berry J, Corbett BM, Gerke JK, Crepeau AZ, Drazkowski JF, Sirven JI, Noe KH. Fall prevention and bathroom safety in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2015; 48: 75-78.