Patient fall-risk assessment tool linked to falls prevention programme reduces falls

09/06/2011

Source:  Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing   2011, 16(2) p. 130-139

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  A patient  fall-risk assessment tool (I’m SAFE) was developed, implemented and linked to a tiered-intervention falls prevention program.  A fall-risk evaluation tool was incorporated into electronic nurse documentation along with risk-specific nursing interventions. Intrinsic fall rates declined significantly and have been sustained over 2 years following implementation.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Award winning hospital falls programme reduces falls by 40%

09/06/2011

Source:    Todays Facility Manager.com  June 2011

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell:  A Seattle Hospital has received the 2011 Patient Safety Initiative at America’s Public Hospitals Leadership Award in recognition of it’s successful actions in addressing falls prevention and reduction.  Following a pilot scheme to reduce falls, the number of falls decreased by nearly 40% on the trial unit and 23% hospital wide. This reduction was sustained over a seven month period. In this time frame, the pilot unit did not experience one fall that resulted in major harm, and the whole institution had two falls resulting in serious injury. The number of repeat fallers decreased by 38%, and that figure has continued to improve.

Length of publication: webpage


A practical guide to best practices for falls reduction

09/06/2011

Source:  American Nurse Today supplement  2011, 6(2) 

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Journal articles

In a nutshell:  Whole issue of supplement is dedicated to falls reduction. Includes artices on focusing on staff awareness and accountability in reducing falls, creating a culture of safety, building a sustainable falls-reduction program,  current and emerging innovations to keep patients safe, using technology to reduce falls and how to build a successful business case for a falls-reduction program.

Length of publication: whole issue


Patient education reduces falls among older hospital inpatients: RCT evidence

09/06/2011

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine  2011, 171(6) p. 516-524

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Clinical Trial

In a nutshell:  An Australian randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of 2 forms of multimedia patient education compared with usual care for the prevention of in-hospital falls finds that multimedia patient education with trained health professional follow-up reduced falls among patients with intact cognitive function admitted to a range of hospital wards.

Length of publication:
 9 pages

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Further Dissemination

09/06/2011

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