Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 2

20/07/2010

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

20/07/2010

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

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.

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


Falls in Cumbrian hospitals reduced

20/07/2010

Source: News & Star website

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: In patient falls have dropped by 20% in 12 months at two Cumbrian Hospitals. Ward staff were given training to identify risk factors for patient falls helping to reduce the overall number of falls by a fifth.  

Length of publication: 1 page


New data prompts falls prevention reminder to NHS organisations

20/07/2010

Source: NPSA Website

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has issued new data about slips trips and falls in NHS organisations based on data  taken from acute and community hospitals and mental health units in England and Wales in 2008-9. 
The findings have prompted the NPSA to urge NHS organisations to follow guidelines aimed at reducing patient falls produced by the NPSA and Patient Safety First campaign in 2009.

Length of publication: 1 page news bulletin


Designing a falls prevention strategy that works

20/07/2010

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 2010, 25 (3), p.198 – 207.

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Date of publication: July/September 2010

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Describes the implementation of a successful falls prevention strategy in a Canadian hospital which led to a drop in annual fall rates of 20%.

Length of publication: 1 page (abstract), 9 pages (full text article)

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.


Bath hoist warning issued

20/07/2010

Source: Nursing Times website

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: A warning has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory agency concerning Elegance, Excalibur and Appollo bath hoists. These devices are missing a safety feature which prevents patients from falling.

Length of publication: 1 page


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20/07/2010

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