Falls prevention in an emergency department


Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing, 2013, published online

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: There is great potential for fall to occur in an emergency department due to the unpredictability of its nature, and therefore such predictions are challenging. The first step to preventing patient harm is accurately identifying patients who are at risk of falling. A new falls risk assessment tool has been created for exactly this type of scenario, which also needed staff training to use it consistently and accurately. By improving the identification of falls risks a trend towards reduction of falls and related injuries was shown.

Length of publication: 1 page

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‘Productive mental health ward’ has produced 10% reduction in falls


Source: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement website

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Date of publication: 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Productive series, from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, is about getting staff involved in redesigning and streamlining their own services to make them more productive. This change is intended to be significant and long-lasting, and can produce results in other areas as well: Bradford District Care Trust have published a press release containing a statement showing how they managed to reduce falls by 10% by reducing wasted time and using the time saved with service users instead.

Length of publication: 4 page press release (relevant information on page 4)

Fall classification by machine learning using mobile phones


Source: PLoS ONE, 2012, 7 (5/e36556) p. 1-6

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: With falls being a common source of injury in elderly people and the ability to automatically detect falls allowing rapid responses to potential emergencies, techniques have been developed to reliably detect a fall as well as to automatically classify the type. This study demonstrated technology that enables machines to identify a fall and collect information to quickly classify the type to enable a more rapid response.

Length of publication: 6 pages

Fall Prevention Nurse saves hospital £200,000

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

New data prompts falls prevention reminder to NHS organisations


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

The ‘How To’ Guide to Reducing Harm from Falls


Source: Patient Safety First website

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Date of publication: 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Patient Safety First has created a guide on falls prevention for managers and and frontline staff working in acute trusts. Topics include setting team objectives, leadership best practice, reporting and staff training. The report includes case studies and guidance which can be adapted to a variety of settings.

Length of publication: 45 pages

Acknowledgement: Patient Safety: Falls Prevention, 24 May 2010,
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