Falls Prevention ADVICE FOR PATIENTS RELATIVES AND CARERS. Strategies Applied to Falls Prevention. Introduction. ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST FOR FALLS PREVENTION. Patient and staff goals and evaluation. Falls within the hospital environment are an uncomfortable
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ADVICE FOR PATIENTS RELATIVES AND CARERS
Strategies Applied to Falls Prevention
FOR FALLS PREVENTION
Patient and staff goals and evaluation
Falls within the hospital environment are an uncomfortable
Fact for both patients and staff. Inpatient falls are generally
the highest single reported incident to risk management.
Definition of fall as “A sudden uncontrolled, unintentional
downward displacement of the body to the ground or other
object excluding falls resulting from violent blows or other
purposeful actions” IHI (2004) Falls Policy
Serious implications arise for Social Services and the Health
Service Executive if we are unable to prevent people at risk
from falling, e.g. people over 65 years and those with
disabilities. The average cost of an acute hospital stay
following a fall in University Hospitals in Ireland is
approximately €9,200 and this cost rises to €14,339 if the
femoral neck is fractured (Cotter et al, 2006).
The subsequent fear of falling may lead to restriction in
activity and functional capacity (Martin et al, 2005)
which in turn may lead to increasing health care needs
and institutionalisation (Cumming et al, 2000).
Falls Trend to date at the MRHM
Patient orientated goals for safe transfer
Take your Time
Staff evaluation for patient transfer
Fall Prevention Strategy
Aims and objectives
Aim: To prevent factors within MRHM and the wider community associated with patient falls
Objectives:To Implement multiple strategies to reduce the risk of falls for all hospital users.
Thank you to all the multi-disciplinary staff who have been involved in the role out and preparation of this initiative