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September 2016

A Contract with Patients and Families

In the September issue, American Nurse Today has published “A Contract with Patients and Families.”    Marley A. Nicolas, MSN, RN, Administrative Director of Patient Care Services and her team at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey  share how they have reduced falls and fall related injuries.


AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® training curriculum

AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® training curriculum is available online as an accredited course, allowing health care providers to become certified as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers through a Web-based course. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based patient safety training program that emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork among health care professionals.  To learn more about AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® go to: AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS®

Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice

In the September 2016 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Amy Hester PhD, RN; Pao-Feng Tsai PhD, RN;  Mallik Rettiganti PhD, and Anita Mitchell PhD, APRN have published their article, “Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice.”  The purpose of the research was to determine which patient factors are associated with injurious falls in hospitalized patients.   This was a retrospective study which evaluated a total of 1,369 falls in 1,369 patients.  In this study 27.8% of falls resulted in