Three part initiative helps hospital reduce falls by 30 percent

Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J., has decreased patient falls by 30% in a year through a hospital wide initiative according to Nurseweek.

 The article states that the initiative includes three parts:

  • Edcuation - All direct caregivers and family members were educated on the risk of patient falls and how to prevent falls by keeping rooms free of clutter, and using bed alarms properly.  Yellow arm bands were placed on patients at high risk of falls so that staff took extra precautions.
  • Assessment – Regularly scheduled falls assessment meetings were held daily.  When a patient’s fall status changed, the information was communicated to staff immediately.
  • Intervention – A major falls risk factor is toileting. Interventions to counteract the problem included offering frequent toileting, providing a bedside commode, removing obstructive furniture en route to the toilet and the use of bed alarms.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, June 14, 2011; Nurseweek, http://news.nurse.com, June 13, 2011)