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RNAO releases a new edition best practice guideline: Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls

Posted October 10, 2017

A new edition best practice guideline (BPG) from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) aims to help health organizations prevent falls and mitigate the impact of falls on the individuals in their care.


Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls (third edition) was released on September 27, 2017 and provides 18 evidence-based recommendations for nurses and other members of the health-care team.

This guideline replaces Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult (2011), which was originally published in 2002 and then revised in 2005 and 2011. Whereas previous editions of the guideline focused on older adults in hospital and long-term-care settings, the scope of this third edition has been expanded to include all adults at risk for falls and receiving care from health-care providers across the health-care continuum, including those living in the community.

The BPG's recommendations are based on a systematic literature review, robust discussions of evidence, and practical appendices.

Access the new BPG: Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls.