I’ve fallen and I can’t get up: Reducing the risk of patient falls

Source: Physician Executive, 2010, 36 (3), p. 50 – 53.

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Date of publication: May/June 2010

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article describes how a U.S. hospital adopted Lean Six Sigma (LSS) process improvement practises to reduce inpatient falls. A retrospective analysis was carried out to identify the main causes of previous inpatient falls alongside a review of  falls prevention procedures. These results led to the development of a risk assessment tool and changes in patient care. Other interventions such as hourly rounds and pharmacist evaluations were included in the pilot. After 12 months, the hospital’s patient fall rate had been reduced by half.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgement: Physician Executive, 2010, 36 (3), p. 50 – 53 via EBSCOhost

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