Falls Prevention Resources pack – Royal College of Physicians – 17 July 2012

Posted on July 18, 2012. Filed under: Patient Safety | Tags: , |

Falls Prevention Resources pack – Royal College of Physicians – 17 July 2012

“The FallSafe project involved educating, inspiring and supporting acute, rehabilitation and mental health nurses to deliver multifactorial assessments and interventions through a care bundle approach. The care bundle, the FallSafe project final report, and How to… guides for implementation comprise the Falls Prevention Resource pack, which launches today.

Access the Falls Prevention Resource.

Over 280,000 patient falls are reported from hospitals and mental health units annually, costing approximately £15 million per annum. Most hospital fallers are aged over 75 years and have multiple long term and acute illnesses. Although in purely financial terms the healthcare costs of falls are only a small fraction of a percentage of trust income and expenditure, the costs to a trusts’ reputation, patient and carer confidence, and social care costs can be significant.

The FallSafe project was delivered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) as part of the Health Foundation’s Closing the Gap Programme, which aimed to reduce the gap between best practice and routine delivery of care. Although all falls cannot be prevented without unacceptable restrictions to patients’ independence, dignity and privacy, research has shown that falls can be reduced by 20-30% through multifactorial assessments and interventions.

The main mechanism of improvement was supporting a designated nurse – a FallSafe lead – to lead local improvement on their own wards, influencing not only the ward nurses and healthcare support workers but also their physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and medical colleagues.”

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