In the news: Study finds better fall rates in designated hospitals

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 13, 2010

According to a study by the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, hospitals receiving ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation saw lower fall rates than non-designated hospitals.

The cross-sectional study used 2004 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI(R)) data from 5,388 units in 108 MRP and 528 non-MRP hospitals. In multivariate models, the fall rate was 5% lower in MRP than non-MRP hospitals. An additional registered nurse (RN) hour per patient day was associated with a 3% lower fall rate in ICUs. An additional licensed practical nurse or nursing assistant hour was associated with a 2-4% higher fall rate in non-ICUs. Patient safety may be improved by creating environments consistent with MRP hospital standards.


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