Produced by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, this is a practical step by step guide and toolkit to reducing inpatient falls for ward staff and frontline healthcare clinical teams. It will be useful to all healthcare teams looking after inpatients with risk of falls.
REFINE (REducing Falls in In-patieNt Elderly) using bed and bedside chair pressure sensors linked to radio-pagers in acute hospital care: a randomised controlled trial
This paper describes a randomized controlled trial of bed and bedside chair pressure sensors using radio-pagers (intervention group) compared to standard care (control group) in elderly patents admitted to acute, general medical wards in a large UK teaching hospital.
These guidelines updated in June 2013 provide recommendations for the assessment and prevention of falls in older people. The NICE guidelines offers best practice advice on the care of older people who are at risk of falling which all healthcare professionals in England should follow. The guidelines are useful for clinicians in other regions. Specific recommendations to prevent falls in hospital include a multifactorial assessment of falls risk factor.
This case study from the Health Foundation's May 2013 newsletter explains how John Pathy Day Hospital, in Cardiff, is reducing visits to A&E through and integrated healthcare programme that helps older people reduce their risks of falls.
The FallSafe project sought to implement evidence-based multifactorial falls prevention, delivered as care bundles, across 17 wards in a variety of hospital settings across the South Central region of England.
This how-to guide from the IHI is designed to help healthcare staff learn how to identify patients who are at the highest risk for sustaining a serious injury from a fall and implement interventions to prevent or mitigate these injuries.