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Patient falls

A patient fall is an unplanned descent to the floor with or without injury to the patient. Patient falls in the hospital can occur if the patient attempts to get out of bed (for instance, to go to the bathroom) and is dizzy, weak or confused.

Falls can cause significant injury and require additional treatment. While not all patient falls are preventable, every hospital seeks to reduce or eliminate the risk of patient falls. 

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of patient falls for each 1000 patient days in the hospital.

Please note: The NDNQI database is proprietary and we cannot display the comparison data, but we receive reports quarterly which indicate how our hospital compares to the database. 

That comparison is expressed as "observed" vs. "expected." The patient fall rate for this measure is expressed as the observed (actual) rate of patient falls compared to the expected rate of patient falls. A value of 1.0 would mean that the rate of patient falls was exactly as expected. A rate higher than 1.0 means that the rate was higher (worse) than expected, and a rate below 1.0 means that the rate was lower (better) than expected. In some quarters, our observed rate was below 1.0, or better than expected, and in some quarters, our observed rate was above 1.0, or worse than expected.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Ratio of Observed Rate to Expected Rate (per 1000 days))
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 0.92
Academic Medical Centers Comparison 1
Performance Trend (Ratio of Observed Rate to Expected Rate (per 1000 days))
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.3 1.27 1.36 0.92 1.17 1.03 0.85 0.92
Academic Medical Centers Comparison 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Source:National comparison data are a product of the American Nurses Association's National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI).
Patient Falls
Last UpdateMarch 12, 2014

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