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Poster Display session 3

4705 - Identifying falls-related variables and risk factors in hospitalised cancer patients


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Maria Montserrat Martí Dillet


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v825-v828. 10.1093/annonc/mdz274


M.M. Martí Dillet1, P. Fernandez2, C. Fernández Rodríguez3, A. Durán Adán4, M. Codina Pons1, R. Rodríguez Moreno3, I. Conejero Inglés5, I. Brao Pérez6

Author affiliations

  • 1 Oncology, ICO - Institut Català d'Oncologia Girona (Hospital Universitari Josep Trueta Hospital Universitari Josep Trueta), 17007 - Girona/ES
  • 2 Lung Funtional Unit, Catalan Institute of Oncology. Hospital Duran i Reynals, 08908 - Barcelona/ES
  • 3 Oncology, ICO- Institut Català D'Oncologia Badalona, 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 4 Palliative Care, ICO- Institut Català d'Oncologia Hospital Duran i Reynals, 08908 - L'Hospitalet de Llobregat/ES
  • 5 Hematology, ICO- Institut Català d'Oncologia Hospital Duran i Reynals, 08908 - L'Hospitalet de Llobregat/ES
  • 6 Nurse Direction, Catalan Institute of Oncology. Girona, 17007 - Girona/ES


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Abstract 4705


Falls are one of the best safety indicators in hospitalized cancer patients. In 2013, a security group was created to promote a culture for patient safety, to prevent, register and analyses falls at 3 cancer centers of Catalan Institute of Oncology. WHO defined falls as the result of an incident that precipitates the patients down involuntarily, includes slipping, tripping and loss of body balance. A systematic review by Wildes (2015), risk factors for hospitalized cancer patients are different from the general patient. Objective: Identify predisposing factors to fall and define the profile of the hospitalized cancer patient with higher risk to fall.


A cross-sectional, multisite study. Inclusion: patients hospitalized in 3 centers during 2017. Data recruited as voluntary report of falls in a computerized system. Variables: socio-demographic, clinical and environmental factors.


118 falls were reported; 48(40.68%) in Hospitalet; 36(30.51%) in Badalona and 34(28.81%) in Girona. Falls rate was 2.53‰, with lesion was 0.41‰ and severe lesion was 1.35% in one center. Nurses initially classified patients according to Stratify®: high risk 68(59.13%) and 47(40.87%) low-risk. A previous history of fall in last 6 months was for 18(15.25%). By diagnosis 39(33.06%) was lung and head-neck, hematologic 27(22.88%) and colorectal & GI 22(18.68%). The main cause of fall were loss of balance 31(26.50%), lack of strength/ weakness 26(22.22%) and slide 20(17.09%). Location at the hospital was 65 (55.08%) in oncology services, 29(24.58%) in hematology unit and 24(20.34%) in palliative care. Contributing factors was a risky medication 113(96.58%). Factors as being alone 69(58.47%), impairment of mobility 86(73.5%) and patient does not perceived any risk 101(89.38%).


Lung or head-neck neoplasia, medication of risk, mobility problems and the low perception of risk were the common factors resulting associated with a fall. Pautex 2008 indicated a similar rate than our for cancer patients. Room to improve for identification of the patient according to their risk is not enough but, some activities after assessment are needed. Stratify® does not fit properly to define factors related to cancer like anemia, fatigue, chemotherapy or pain.

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Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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