Patient Falls with Injury

As part of our goal to provide the safest care, we work to identify patients at risk of falling and reduce that risk as much as possible.

Patients are more likely to fall when:

  • Feeling weak
  • Taking certain medications
  • Adjusting to a new place

For this reason, we use bright yellow wristbands and signs to alert caregivers to patients with special safety needs.

Leadership uses real-time, root cause problem-solving each time a patient falls and is injured. This includes reviewing every fall with injury when it occurs to uncover the cause and prevent similar injuries in the future.

We compare ourselves to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators®  (NDNQI), a Press Ganey database that measures patient falls with injury at more than 1,100 hospitals in the United States.

The NDNQI measures falls per 1,000 patient days. One patient in the hospital for one day equals one patient day. 


uva patient falls with injury chart

View data table.

A lower number is better.