Trinity Regional Medical Center. The Turnaround with Fall Prevention. The Problem we faced-. TRMC had fall rates ranging from 5.29 in 2002 – to 3.77 in 2006. We had 15 falls with moderate to major injuries and 460 falls with minor to no injury. Definitions;
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The Turnaround with Fall Prevention
Major- requiring invasive intervention or fracture
Moderate – requiring noninvasive intervention – closed reduction or splint or laceration with sutures
Minor – abrasion, bruise or laceration without sutures
We knew we had to decrease our fall rate and especially decrease our falls with moderate to severe injury. We also wanted to help save lives – prevent future falls.
We wanted and needed to find champions and give ownership to each unit for their fall rate.
Clean up spills right away.
Clear the floor before getting our
patient out of bed.
where safety is concerned…
Safety “Trumps” Privacy
DO NOT leave patients at high risk for falls to toilet alone!
At our hospital, patient safety is a core value.
At this time, our team has agreed that you need assistance to the bathroom (or bedside commode), and I am glad to assist you.
Our job is to keep you safe.
“First, Do No Harm”
Did our changes bring about a reduction in our fall and injury rate?