Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 10

13/05/2011
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Nurse-led study shows a tool kit may be useful in reducing falls in hospitals

09/05/2011

Source: American Journal of Nursing 2011, 111(3) p. 14

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:
The tool kit, tailored fall-prevention interventions to the patient, integrating health information technology with routine assessments of a patient’s risk of falling. The three compo­nents of the tool kit were patient-and family-friendly educational handouts, a plan of care for healthcare professionals, and an over-the-bed poster containing icons and brief descriptors of the patient’s fall risk and “action­able interventions” to mitigate that risk. The researchers calculated that the use of the tool kit could prevent one fall every four days, 7.5 falls per month, and about 90 falls yearly on the units in­volved in the study.

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Royal Liverpool Hospital reduces falls

09/05/2011

Source: Liverpool Daily Post

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:
A 15-month falls prevention strategy project at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospitals has cut the number of falls per 1,000 beds days to 5.3 compared to a previous average of  six.  The strategy makes sure every patient is assessed, and if they are at risk a care plan is produced. This can include improving footwear and giving patients access to a bell to alert staff.

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Fall Prevention Nurse saves hospital £200,000

13/04/2011
Source: The Nursing Standard  2011, 25(31) p.9
 
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Date of publication: April 2011
 
Publication type: News item
 
In a nutshell: A Falls Prevention Nurse at Colchester Hospital in Essex has managed to save her hospital over £200,000 in eight months by offering elderly patients glasses of water at cafe-style tables and chairs. Patients, many of whom have dementia, were more willing to take drinks and medication, so they were better hydrated and more cogent. An internal audit found the scheme reduced falls and almost halved the average length of stay in hospital, from 15.6 days to eight, saving the hospital £207,000.
 
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Wrist bands successfully raising falls awareness in hospitals

12/04/2011

Source: Hospital News

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: A new falls prevention program in Canadian hospitals are using visual components of yellow wristbands and stars to identify patients considered high risk for falls. These have proven to be very effective in alerting caregivers to these patients so they can be carefully watched and monitored. A poster with falling stars is placed at the head of the bed of these patients so that all members of the health-care team are aware of the risk. Early results are very encouraging and this program is successfully raising awareness about falls prevention throughout the hospitals.  

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09/04/2011

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