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An evaluation of a comprehensive slip, trip, and fall (STF) prevention program for hospital workers.

Authors
Bell-JL; Collins-JW; Wolf-L; Gronqvist-R; Chiou-S; Chang-WR; Courtney-TK; Sorock-GS; Lombardi-DA; Evanoff-B
Source
Proceedings of the International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls 2007: From Research to Practice, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, August 23 - 24, 2007. Hopkinton, MA: IEA Press, 2007 Aug; :71-74
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20033051
Abstract
The objective of this ten-year longitudinal study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive slip, trip, and fall (STF) prevention program in three acute-care hospitals. The prevention program included on-site hazard assessments, changes to housekeeping procedures and products, introduction of products and procedures, slip resistant footwear, general awareness campaigns, and other prevention measures. The hospitals' total STF workers' compensation claims rate declined by 58% from the preintervention (1996-1999) to the post-intervention (2003-2005) time period (adjusted rate ratio=0.42, 95%CI: 0.33-0.54). This research suggests that implementation of a broad-scale prevention program can significantly reduce STFs in hospitals.
Keywords
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Floors; Education; Surveillance
Publication Date
20070823
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0976814374
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Proceedings of the International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls 2007: From Research to Practice
State
WV; MA; MO
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