Injuries due to falls in hospitals remain a big safety problem throughout the country. At Abington we are working hard to reduce your risk of falling. The following are examples of some of our efforts:
- All patients are assessed for risk of fall at the time of admission. Appropriate interventions are enacted for patients at high risk of fall. These include, but are not limited to:
- Red Booties Campaign - patients at risk for falls are provided with red booties. This is a visual reminder to all staff to pay extra attention to these high risk patients.
- Bed alarms for confused patients who try to get out of bed
- Patient review in unit level safety briefings / huddles
- Placement in higher visibility rooms
- Physical therapy
- Reduction of medications that may affect fall risk
- Multidisciplinary fall rounds have successfully reduced falls. These rounds bring together the nursing and pharmacy staff to review care plans for patients and make adjustments as necessary.
Patient falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults. Falls can cause pain, loss of independence and financial strain. According to the CDC, fall injuries cost approximately $30 billion yearly. All clinical units have taken steps to contribute to this goal. The following are examples of some of our efforts in prevention of falls:
- Low beds
- Assistive walking devices (merry walker)
- Diversion activities
- Frequent checks
- Clear and concise communication through nurses shift report
- Safety briefings
- Changing the physical layout of the room, so that the patient is more visible to all staff
- The red campaign - patients at risk for fall are given red blankets and red booties, red dots are put on their name bands and red flags are prominently place outside their rooms. These are universal symbols to other departments that the patient is at risk for falls.