Inpatient falls: the impact of family and personal caregivers

Huey Ming Tzeng, Chang Yi Yin

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The impact of family and personal caregivers on inpatients with fall-related injuries in a Taiwanese medical center is investigated in this study. Taiwan has a prevalent custom for families to accompany their hospitalized loved ones during hospital stays. During the 95-day data collection period, 228 falls occurred. Results showed that if no family members were present when a patient fell, the fall-related injury was less serious. Nurses in Taiwan tend to depend on family members to help provide patient care. Regardless of whether an inpatient has a family member present, frequent bedside nursing visits are important to prevent falls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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