Interdisciplinary Team Identifies and Addresses Risk Factors for Falls Among Nursing Home Residents, Leading to Fewer Falls and Less Use of Restraints
Ethica Health and Retirement Communities developed a falls management program, the cornerstone of which is an interdisciplinary "falls team" at each nursing home that regularly assesses residents for risk of falling and develops intervention plans for those found at high risk.
Primary Care Nurses Systematically Assess Fall Risk, Provide Real-Time, Easy-to-Use Alerts to Physicians to Facilitate Appropriate Interventions for Those at Risk
Primary care clinic nurses routinely assess the risk of falls in each patient, with real-time, easy-to-use clinical reminders sent to physicians for those at risk, thus allowing the initiation of risk-reduction interventions during the visit.
Fall Prevention Education and Outreach Reduces Injuries and Use of Fall-Related Medical Services Among Community-Dwelling Seniors
The Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention initiative encourages clinicians and other individuals who work with seniors to incorporate assessment and management of the risk of falls into their everyday practices.
Bundle of Interventions Targeting High-Risk Patients Reduces Falls and Fall-Related Injuries on Medical-Surgical Units
A hospital implemented a bundle of interventions that reduced falls and fall-related injuries on two medical-surgical units.
Separate Emergency Center for Older Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Detection of Polypharmacy, Increased Volume of Patients, and Low Rate of Return Visits
A separate emergency center for older patients includes physical features to reduce anxiety and discomfort, staff trained in geriatric care, and routine followup monitoring after discharge, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction, detection of polypharmacy, increased patient volume, and a low rate of return visits.
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Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan
This 51-page action plan, developed in response to escalating concerns about falls and fall-related injuries among the aging population, highlights strategies and preliminary action steps developed by participants in the Falls Free Summit.
Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care
This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient's hospital stay.
Best Practice Intervention Tools for Fall Prevention
This Best Practice Intervention Package was designed for use by any home health agency to help prevent falls.
Studer Group Toolkit: Patient Safety
This toolkit provides health care leaders and frontline staff specific tactics they can immediately put into action to improve patient safety outcomes.
Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evidence-Based Practices Directory
The Support and Services at Home (SASH) model of Vermont brings a caring partnership together to support aging at home. This Directory was developed to aid the SASH programs in developing and revising their Community Healthy Aging Plans (CHAP), a key component of SASH.