Source: BMJ Quality & Safety, published online 5 January 2011
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Date of publication: January 2011
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: Tracking of endoscopic complications on a gastrointetsinal unit revealed several incidences of patient falls. Retrospective analysis of these falls revealed that older patients and those using an assistive device were at greater risk of falling often requiring further medical attention. A low-cost intervention was developed which incorporated a fall-risk assessment for patients arriving on the unit. Patients deemed high risk were identified and flagged using wrist bands and via paper and electronic chart records and accompanied by allied health staff or offered a wheelchair. Statistical analysis was then carried out which compared the number of procedures complicated by patient falls prior to and following the quality improvement intervention. Within a 12 month period of the intervention starting, there were no falls whereas in the 12 months prior to the intervention, eight patients fell.
Length of publication: 4 pages
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