Using the Hendrich II inpatient fall risk screen to predict outpatient falls after ED visits

Dr. Brian Patterson et al. used electronic health record data to evaluate whether routinely collected Hendrich II fall scores can predict returns to the emergency department (ED) for falls within 6 months. The investigators found that using the score alone, the odds of returning to the ED for a fall in 6 months were 1.23 times as high for every 1-point increase in the Hendrich II score. When routinely collected data on other fall risk factors was combined with the fall risk score, the screening performed much better. 

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