Falls

Overview

Falls

The Partnership for Patients estimates that 25% of falls with injuries are preventable. 

“…approximately one third of the 700,000 to 1 million patient falls that occur annually in US hospitals could be prevented…” - The Joint Commission Update, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Apr/Jun 2014.

Preventing falls will improve patient safety and satisfaction. Falls are the leading cause in inpatient injuries, increasing length of stay and health care costs.

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Why is Fall Prevention so important?

Among older adults, Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on  quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, at the state level, SCR 77 (D-Lowenthal) was passed in 2008 declaring the first week of Fall each year as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

HQI Toolkit

Eliminating Falls

This HQI toolkit will assist hospitals in measuring falls, identifying and engaging key stakeholders, providing harm elimination tools that work, and learning through the success of other hospitals.

Webinar

Protecting Patients from Fall Injury
VHA Innovation Community

Originally presented April 15, 2013

This session is designed to introduce you to a community of learning to both analyze and shift fall prevention programs to protect patients from injury.  An overview of the state of science in fall prevention and injury protection will set the stage for new tests of change for clinical practice, patient education, and environmental safety.  Participants will learn about a population-based approach to protection from injurious falls,  along with strategies to increase patient engagement and program evaluation.

Webinar

STOP Patient Falls

Originally presented February 11, 2013

Recording of CalHEN presentation by Sharp Memorial Hospital on their fall prevention program with a focus on connecting the dots between assessment and intervention, sharing of the STOP fall prevention sign and the use of SMART goals to support staff engagement. Watch this recorded webinar presented by Verna Sitzer, MN, RN, CNS and Judd Feiler, MS, PT.

Download the presentation slides to follow along with the recorded presentation.