Patient Safety Analysis Quick Reference Guides

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These quick reference guides were created to help you understand, modify, and interpret your data using the NHSN application’s various analysis output (report) options for the NHSN Patient Safety Component. These guides serve as companions to the “Introduction to NHSN Analysis” training slide set.

Still Going Strong: Age without Injury

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC’s Still Going Strong campaign speaks directly to older adults, age 65 and older, and their caregivers. We want to raise awareness about preventable injuries among older adults. This campaign has two goals:

  1. Educate about common risk factors for falls and motor vehicle crashes, as well as traumatic brain injuries that happen from falls and motor vehicle crashes.
  2. Empower older adults and their caregivers to take simple steps that will help them maintain their independence and age without injury.

Resources, videos, ads and social media:

  • Older Adults: Information for adults age 65 and older on how to age without injury.
  • Caregivers: Information for caregivers to help your loved ones age without injury
  • Healthcare Providers: Information for healthcare providers to help your older patients age without injury.

A CDC report has found that unintentional falls are the cause of more than 90% of emergency department visits in adults aged 65 years or more.

Preventing Falls in Hospitals

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Each year, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the United States fall in the hospital. A fall may result in fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding, leading to increased health care utilization. Research shows that close to one-third of falls can be prevented. Fall prevention involves managing a patient’s underlying fall risk factors and optimizing the hospital’s physical design and environment. This toolkit focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program.

Falls Toolkit

VHA National Center for Patient Safety

The Toolkit is designed to aid facilities in developing a comprehensive falls prevention program. The Toolkit consists of a wide variety of items, please ensure that you scroll to the bottom of this page to view all the resources, such as; Post Fall Huddles, Case Studies, Falls Decision Trees, Fall Program Self-Assessment, Hip Protector Tools, Podcasts and Balance Assessment Handbook, etc.