Preventing patients from harm resulting from fall is one of the interpatient safety goals of the joint accreditation standards. Many injuries in hospitals to both inpatients and outpatients are a result of falls. Th risk for falls is related to the patient, the situation, and/or the location. The Fall assessment and intervention is a primary tool for implementing the organization’s Fall Prevention program, and in order to assess readiness for change, implementation of best practices, monitoring change & sustaining the fall prevention program activities. The focus of fall prevention is to establish a mechanism to ensure program achievements and activities are sustained and improved on an ongoing basis.
1. There is considerable mortality and morbidity associated with falls in nursing care facilities and hospitals (Cameron et al, 2010).
2. Promising approaches exist, but better reporting of outcomes, implementation, adherence, intervention components, and comparison group information is necessary to establish evidence on how hospitals can successfully prevent falls. (Susane, 2013)
Proactively reduce Falls adverse events
3.Individualized patient education programs combined with training and feedback to staff added to usual care reduces the rates of falls and injurious falls in older patients in rehabilitation hospital-units. (Dr. Anne Marie, 2015)
4. Evaluation of the tool suggests good specificity with 20%–30% of the patient population identified as high risk and good sensitivity by correctly predicting nearly 90% of patient falls. (Rosario, 2013)
Preventing falls among patients in acute and long-term care healthcare settings requires a multifaceted approach, and the recognition, evaluation and prevention of patient falls are significant challenges for all who seek to provide a safe environment in any healthcare setting, Within my presentation I will show the fall data over the last 2 years and factors within the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz humanitarian City and fall managements and prevention plans.
Objectives of the presentation:
A. Proper utilization of a Fall assessment tool B. Fall management and prevention program (Adult and PEDS) C. 2016 through 2017 Fall Data D. Action Plans E. Lessons learned. Falls and fall related injuries plans were efficient and effective by the implementation of fall prevention guidelines. At Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC), we have implemented a set of measures and Guidelines for implementation which helped maintaining the fall rate within the target although the high risk of scope of patients we are serving as a rehabilitation hospital.
Fall Plan Main Goals within SBAHC:
Goal 1: Sustain effective Fall Prevention Program & best practices
Goal 2: Review of Falls Data
Goal 3: Conduct Regular EOC Falls Prevention Rounds
Goal 4: Root Cause Analysis for Falls Adverse Events
Goal 5: Compliance to Accreditation Standards
Goal 6: Fall Prevention & Practices Education Activities
Dr. Ahmad Al Baker had received bachelor degree in nursing from Jordan University for science and technology, Jordan. He received training in research, evidence based practice and program development. Since his graduation, he involved in nursing management, evidence based practice, nursing education, program development and evaluation. He is currently working as Nursing Service Manager for stroke and Spinal Cord Injury nursing units and also he is manager for medical ICU and ER Nursing units at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City. He has involved as a speaker at national conferences in Saudi Arabia.