Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 6

11/11/2010
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The effects of a safe or sorry programme on patient safety knowledge of nurses

11/11/2010

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2010, 47 (9) p. 1117-25

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Research in the Netherlands into the effectiveness of personalised, interactive and tailored educational interventions on nurses’ knowledge regarding the prevention of adverse events in hospital and nursing home wards. Knowledge of guidelines for the prevention of adverse events including falls was assessed before and 1 year after participation in a patient safety programme combining the 3 guidelines.  The educational intervention improved hospital nurses’ knowledge on the prevention of pressure ulcers only.

Length of publication: 9 pages

 Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Hospitals trial shock absorbent flooring

10/11/2010

Source: BBC News Hampshire & Isle of Wight

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Date of publication: 9 November 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: Hospitals at York and Ellesmere Port are currently trialling shock absobent flooring as part of a study being conducted by The University of Portsmouth to determine its effectiveness in preventing fall related injuries among elderly in-patients. The study forms part of the Hip-hop project (Helping Injury Prevention in Hospitalised Older People) jointly funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust and the National Osteoporosis Society.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Stockport NHS Foundation Trust wins Patient Safety Improvement Award

08/11/2010

Source: Nursing Times website

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Date of publication: 4 November 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: Stockport NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded the Nursing Times Patient Safety Improvement Award for their multifactorial falls prevention programme. Through implementing training and walkround activities and installing alarms and low profile beds, the Trust has improved its patient safety record and fostered collaboration across the Trust and with external agencies.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Fall prevention in acute care hospitals: a randomized trial

08/11/2010

Source: JAMA, 2010, 304(17), p. 1912 – 1918.

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This randomised controlled trial set out to determine whether a fall prevention toolkit utilising health information technology reduced patient falls. The trial compared patient fall rates at four US hospitals comprising of 5160 patients who received the intervention compared to 5104 patients who received standard care. The Morse Falls Scale formed the basis of the fall prevention toolkit and was refined further through staff consultation and findings from the literature. The resulting software tailored  interventions to address patients’ specific determinants of fall risk and produced bed posters, patient information leaflets and care plans to alert staff and other stakeholders to falls risk among patients. The study found significantly fewer patients fell in the intervention group compared to the control group whilst the toolkit was found to be particularly effective for patients aged 65 or older.  

Length of publication: 7 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


An integrative review of factors associated with falls during post-stroke rehabilitation

27/10/2010

Source: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, early view (published online 13 October 2010)

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Date of publication: October 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An integrative review was carried out to examine the evidence concerning risk factors for falls during inpatient rehabilitation for stroke. Fourteen studies met the inclusion criteria from the literature search spanning the period 1990 to 2009. Of these, one study provided high quality evidence whilst the remaining articles were primarily qualitative or descriptive in nature. A total of twenty-eight unique risk factors were identified across all of the studies. Overall, impaired balance, visuospatial hemineglect and self-care deficits were identified as key risk factors whilst the association between post-stroke falls with age, incontinence and impaired vision was not supported.

Length of publication: 10 pages


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27/10/2010

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