This 6-month randomized trial evaluates the efficacy of a policy to utilize low-low beds for the prevention of falls and fall injuries on wards that had not previously accessed low-low beds. Analysis of the data revealed that a policy for the use of low-low beds did not appear to reduce fall injuries due to the lack of a significant difference in the rate of falls per 1,000 occupied bed days between intervention and control group wards.
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Care Settings: Acute Care
Clinical Focus: Fall Prevention
Content Type: Journal Articles
Reference: Haines TP, Bell RA, Varghese PN. Pragmatic, cluster randomized trial of a policy to introduce low-low beds to hospital wards for the prevention of falls and fall injuries. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2010; 58(3): 435-41.