At Safety In Place, we focus much of our attention on preventing falls at home. Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Did you know that each year somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the United States fall in hospitals? Research shows that close to one-third of these falls can be prevented.
In 2013, RAND Corporation, Boston University School of Public Health and ECRI Institute prepared Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care for the United States Department of health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The toolkit is designed for multiple uses. The core document is an implementation guide organized under six major questions intended to be used primarily by the Implementation Team charged with leading the effort to put the new prevention strategies into practice. The full guide also includes links to tools and resources found in the Tools and Resources section of the toolkit, on the Web, or in the literature. The tools and resources are designed to be used by different audiences and for different purposes, as indicated in the guide.
Because it is important to have a facility's leadership engaged, the toolkit includes a letter to introduce the program to other key players, such as hospital senior management and unit nurse managers.
Fall prevention involves managing a patient's underlying fall risk factors and optimizing the hospital's physical design and environment. This in-depth and detailed toolkit focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program in a hospital.
We believe in fall prevention – whether at home, in a hospital, or outdoors. Falls can be prevented!