Monday, June 20, 2011

Hospital-Wide Initiative Cuts Falls by 30%

The Community Medical Center (Toms River, NJ) has made an incredible advance in increasing patient safety.  Within one year, the center decreased patient falls by 30%.  They have labeled their initiative a "three-ingredient recipe for success."  Their recipe containes three main ingredients: education, assessment and intervention.

The center's success has been profiled in a recent article for by Mary D. DeLima, RN-BC, BA, BSN.  Nurses have been key to the success of the initiative.  As DeLima writes:
"Each patient presents a unique combination of safety risks that could result in a painful, life-changing fall. Nurses understand the importance of reducing falls, but as patient advocates also respect the importance of patients’ independence."
Click here to read the article.

INQRI researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have also found success in reducing patient falls.  This research team focused on the characteristics unique to each patient to create a tailored intervention. 

Click here to learn more.

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