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Nursing issues
Portable nursing stations reduce the rate of inpatient falls in UK hospitals
  1. Elaheh Haghgoshayie1,2,
  2. Edris Hasanpoor1,2
  1. 1 Department of Healthcare Management, Research Center for Evidence-Based Health Management, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran
  2. 2 Department of Healthcare Management, Clinical Research Development Unit, Shahid Beheshti Hospital, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Edris Hasanpoor, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh 53432, Iran; edihasanpoor{at}

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Commentary on: Ali UM, Judge A, Foster C, et al. Do portable nursing stations within bays of hospital wards reduce the rate of inpatient falls? An interrupted time-series analysis. Age Ageing 2018;47:818–24.

Implications for practice and research

  • Portable nursing stations (PNSs) are one of the most important prevention programmes for reducing the rate of inpatient falls.

  • The PNSs provide a useful schema in reducing the direct and indirect costs.

  • Due to the new nature of PNSs and understanding the facilitators and barriers to implementation of this innovation, more interventions, qualitative research and randomised controlled trials are needed to be developed.


Inpatient falls are serious adverse events that can increase patient morbidity as well as hospital costs. Almost every year, 3.4 million people over 65 years fall in the UK.1 One of the most common type of inpatient accident are falls, reporting for …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.