Description and Implications of Falls in Patients Hospitalized Due to COVID-19

Dawn M. Venema, Amy Hester, Kellie Clapper, Victoria Kennel, Patricia Quigley, Christina Reames, Anne Skinner

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Background: Many hospital quality indicators, including falls, worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 may be at risk for falling due to the disease itself, patient characteristics, or aspects of care delivery. Purpose: To describe and explore falls in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Methods: We pooled data from 107 hospitalized adult patients who fell between March 2020 and April 2021. Patients who fell had a current, pending, or recent diagnosis of COVID-19. We analyzed patient characteristics, fall circumstances, and patient and organizational contributing factors using frequencies, the chi-square test, and Fisher's exact test. Results: Patient contributing factors included patients' lack of safety awareness, impaired physical function, and respiratory concerns. Organizational contributing factors related to staff and the isolation environment. Conclusions: Recommendations for managing fall risk in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 include frequent reassessment of risk, consideration of respiratory function as a risk factor, ongoing patient education, assisted mobility, and adequate staff training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2024


  • COVID-19
  • fall risk
  • hospitals
  • lack of safety awareness
  • quality care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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