An evaluation of a comprehensive slip, trip, and fall (STF) prevention program for hospital workers.
Bell-JL; Collins-JW; Wolf-L; Gronqvist-R; Chiou-S; Chang-WR; Courtney-TK; Sorock-GS; Lombardi-DA; Evanoff-B
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
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.
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Floors; Education; Surveillance
Proceedings of the International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls 2007: From Research to Practice