Bedside nurses leading the way for falls prevention: an evidence-based approach

17/04/2015

Source: Critical Care Nurse

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Date of publication: April 2015 vol. 35 iss. 2 pps. 82-84

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: An article on how falls could be reduced with planning and intervention techniques.

Length of publication: two pages

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Designing and evaluating an electronic patient falls reporting system

13/12/2013

Source: International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013, Vol 82 no 11 p. e294-e306

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Electronic falls reporting systems can often aid improvement efforts to prevent patient falls, thereby saving money and lives, but many long term care facilities either can’t or won’t invest in such systems due to costs or lack of staff training. This paper looks at a system that is easy to use, and with no initial investment costs aside from personnel to set up.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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Preventing falls in care homes: a question of balance

24/09/2013

Source: Geriatric Medicine, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The elderly are three times more likely to suffer from a fall when in a care home compared to living in their own home. Due to fears of litigation from injuries, staff are likely to restrict movement of people in their care, but this also has the effect of restricting their freedom and quality of life. This article discusses ways around this problem.

Length of publication: 1 page


Co-ordinated care for vulnerable patients with EMIS Web

19/08/2013

Source: NHS Networks

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Community Rehabilitation team at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust work to ensure their patients, elderly people who have suffered strokes or falls, stay as independent as possible at home and are not transferred to hospital. To this end they work with an electronic patient record system via EMIS Web, which allows them to improve communication and workload planning. It is also hoped that the system will drive up efficiencies in patient care.

Length of publication: 1 page


Neurovascular assessment post femoral nerve block: implications on fall prevention

17/06/2013

Source: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 2013, 17(2) p. 99-105

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Femoral Nerve Blocks have become widely used to reduce pain after joint replacement surgery, and are directly linked to a reduction in drug-related side-effects. However, ineffectual assessment of residual nerve blocks can result in patients falling or having a near miss. The paper re-examines the assessment tool used and recognises potential interventions that might ensure patient safety.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Can a home care falls prevention programme improve balance?

16/05/2013

Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 2013, 36 (1) p. 3-12

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Date of publication: January/March 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to determine if people aged 65 or older receiving a combination of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech or nursing interventions in their own home showed gait or balance changes after home care services. Using established criteria, participants seemed to make clinically meaningful gains after home care visits.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Falls prevention resources nurses should not miss

15/07/2012

Source: Profane website

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Website article

In a nutshell: This article provides a range of falls prevention resources for nurses, whether they work in hospitals or in the community. It contains reviews, research and best practice for help with patients.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Rounds with a purpose initiative to reduce falls

16/03/2012

Source: Nursing Management, 2012, 43(1) p. 32-38

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  Purposeful rounding is a strategic way to improve care quality through decreasing falls and  increasing patient satisfaction with nursing services. It ensures scripted intentional patient interactions with patients, each hour, allowing nurses to spend more time with their patients addressing care needs. By increasing care quality, patient satisfaction improves, positively affecting the image of a facility for patients and families.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Raising awareness of newborn falls in-hospital

14/08/2011

Source: Practising Midwife   2011, 14(4)  p.29-32 

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal articles

In a nutshell:  Management of neonates’ falls in hospital, illustrated by a case report of a 2 day old infant who received a head injury. Risk factors for newborn falls are described, aswell as a call for an urgent assessment to be undertaken by both the midwifery and paediatric teams following the reporting of such accidents.Strategies to prevent falls are described. Importantly it is felt that there is a need to raise awareness of the potential of these accidents amongst health professionals.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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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


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.

Length of publication: 1 page


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.
 
Length of publication: 1 page

Fall risk assessment and prevention

08/03/2011

Source: ONCOLOGY Nurse Edition (see publications), 2011, 25(2), p17-22.

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article describes the development of a fall risk assessment and prevention programme for oncology patients at a leading US cancer centre and hospital. It describes the way in which case control studies were used in the development of the falls risk assessment instrument prior to and following piloting and the development of a 1 day day intensive patient safety training programme aimed at staff. The development of a falls prevention program targeted at outpatients is also discussed.

Length of publication: 5 pages


Testing the sensitivity, specificity and feasibility of four falls risk assessment tools in a clinical setting

08/03/2011

Source: Journal of Nursing Management, 2011, 19 (1), p133-142.

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study evaluated four separate falls risk assessment tools in a clinical setting involving over 1500 patients. Although use of the tools was found to be reasonably consistent among nursing staff, problems arose regarding their accuracy. The importance of testing instruments is highlighted along with the need for robust staff education and training.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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