National Patient Safety Goal

Fall prevention is a national patient safety goal of The Joint Commission and is considered a standard of practice in most institutions.

The obstetric population is considered a healthy group of patients. Should a fall prevention program be implemented on an OB unit for every laboring and postpartum patient?

  • Describe two factors that place the obstetric patient at risk for falls. Explain why the identified factors increase the obstetric patients risk for injury.
  • Describe how the implementation of a fall prevention program on the OB unit would help to improve patient outcomes.
  • Describe the role of the RN in the implementation of a fall prevention program on an obstetric unit.