Falls Prevention in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) patients may be at risk of falling due to a number of factors that differ from an inpatient setting and therefore require specific assessment and intervention. During the third quarter of 2012, ASCs reported a patient fall rate of 0.134 per 1000 admissions, representing 198 falls nationally. Many ASCs have not employed fall risk assessment and prevention programs, though all ASC patients are at risk of falling due to surgery and sedation.… Read-more

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Multidisciplinary Approach Reduces Inpatient Falls

A fall rate of 3.4 falls per 1000 patient days in 2009 inspired a large Midwest healthcare system to develop a multimodal and multidisciplinary intervention. As a result, inpatient falls were reduced to fewer than 2.85 falls per 1000 patient days. To create the program, quality management reviewed patient fall data, and a multidisciplinary committee evaluated the existing falls prevention program and created innovative additions.… Read-more

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Hendrich II Fall Risk Model Used in Acute Care

The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model was evaluated in a retrospective descriptive study in a 750-bed Midwest hospital. Hospital policy required that patients be assessed for fall risk, using the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, on admission and at least once daily. Data were collected by chart review of the records of 107 patients who fell, compared with age- and medical diagnosis-group matched control subjects.… Read-more

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A Large Study of Inpatient Falls and Falls Prevention Across Academic Medical Centers

The University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC) in Chicago conducted a retrospective review of 154,618 inpatient falls that occurred from 2004 through 2010 in order to identify factors associated with falls and determine the effectiveness of falls prevention programs. Trends in patient falls, fall rates, and several fall-related parameters, as well as falls risk assessment tools and prevention strategies were evaluated.… Read-more

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Study of Fall Prevention Sensors in Elderly Inpatients is Inconclusive

A recent study reviewed research on fall prevention sensor use in elderly inpatients. Falls are a common and potentially serious event for elderly patients, who are often frail and recover more slowly from fall-related injury injuries. To prevent falls, healthcare workers often use physical restraints with elderly patients, though restraints increase the risk of adverse events such as depression and aggression and also increase the risk of a fall-related injury.… Read-more

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