Fall Event Reporting

For the purposes of patient safety, a fall is a sudden, unintended, uncontrolled downward displacement of a patient’s body to the ground or other object. This definition includes unassisted falls and assisted falls (i.e., when a patient begins to fall and is assisted to the ground by another person). Project hospitals report fall events, which are de-identified and aggregated for the purposes of sensemaking and calculating benchmarks for fall and fall injury rates for Critical Access Hospitals. Access to comparative benchmarking data creates awareness of the scope of risks to patients within an organization. This awareness is needed to effectively prioritize performance improvement resources.

Event Reporting Form