Preventing Inpatient Falls after Total Joint Surgery

Use of nerve blocks associated with increased rate of falls

Mary Ann Porucznik

Despite the implementation of fall prevention programs, inpatient falls continue to occur and can result in significant morbidity. According to research presented yesterday, the use of nerve blocks in total joint arthroplasty leads to a higher rate of falls, especially for patients undergoing primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

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