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Falls Toolkit

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Falls are one of the most common adverse events in hospitals.

Many facilities are working to find ways to reduce the number of falls as well as the severity of the falls that do occur. In an effort to help facilities, we created the Falls Toolkit.

The Falls Toolkit provides information on:

  • Designing a falls prevention and management program
  • Effective interventions for high-risk fall patients
  • Implementing hip protectors for high-risk fall patients
  • Educating patients, families and staff on falls and fall-injury prevention

Getting Started

Fall prevention is an important and timely issue. In 2003, falls represented nearly 47% of all safety reports and aggregated events within the VA National Center for Patient Safety's database, and 11% of all Root Cause Analyses occurring in calendar year 2003 were fall-related.

The VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) worked with the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry in Tampa, Florida, and others to develop the NCPS Falls Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to aid facilities in developing a comprehensive falls prevention program.

The Falls Toolkit Introduction Monograph and Falls Toolkit PowerPoint provide background information on falls and the falls toolkit.

You can quiz yourself or others on the Falls Toolkit by playing Falls Toolkit Jeopardy.

If you are looking for: Go To:
Information on falls and fall prevention The Falls Toolkit Notebook 
Posters, fliers, brochures and other printed materials Media Tools 
Educational materials and resources Resources 
Contact Information Contact Us 

We appreciate feedback on this site and materials. Provide us with suggestions for improving the web site and pass on stories as to how you used this information to improve the falls prevention program at your facility. To reach us, please see the Contact Us section.

Falls Notebook

Title Documents

size: 39KB


Instructions PDF
size: 47KB
size: 36.5KB
Background PDF
size: 56KB
size: 43KB
Falls Team PDF
size: 40KB
size: 38KB
Falls Policy PDF
size: 2.9MB
size: 252KB
Interventions PDF
size: 89KB
size: 1.72MB
Measuring Success PDF
size: 68KB
size: 79.5KB
Resources PDF
size: 90KB
size: 127KB

Videos 1-2-3

size: 95KB
size: 104KB
The Complete Falls Notebook PDF
size: 3.2MB

Media Tools

File Size: 95KB
Printed Size: 8.5 x 11 in
Pages: 1


File Size: 75KB
Printed Size: 11 x 17 in
Pages: 1


File Size: 7KB
Printed Size: 8.5 x 11 in
Pages: 1

Fall Risk Evaluations Handout 

File Size: 18KB
Printed Size: 8.5 X 11 in
Pages: 1

Timed Up and Go Test Handout 

File Size: 10KB
Printed Size: 3x5 in
Pages: 2

Morse Fall Scale Pocket Card 

File Size: 93KB
Printed Size: 11 x 17 in
Pages: 1

Hip Protectors Poster 

hip_pad_brochure.pdf (coming soon)
File Size: 88KB
Printed Size: 11 x 8.5 in
Pages: 2

Hip Pad Brochure 

File Size: 229KB
Printed Size: 11 x 8.5 in
Pages: 2

Fall Prevention at Home Brochure 

File Size: 1.6MB
Printed Size: 8.5 x 11 in
Pages: 1

Falls Toolkit Buttons 

Blood Thinners: Risk Factors Associated with Falling and What to Do When You Fall
File Size: 95KB
Printed Size: 11 x 8.5 in
Pages: 2

Anticoagulation Brochure thumbnail



Web Sites


Thank you for your continued commitment to falls prevention. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact NCPS: 

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