Best practice fall prevention strategies CATCH!

Nena Bonuel, Aleyamma Manjos, Thelma Gray-Becknell

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Abstract

In a quest to exceed the expectations of our veterans, the staff strives to perform at the highest level of competence in all endeavors. An opportunity to improve nurse-sensitive indicators associated with patient falls was noted. The fall prevention program was evaluated and a plan was formulated. The 5 principle elements incorporated in clinical trials for practice improvement included: collaborative interdisciplinary practice, active leadership engagement, use of technology to support processes, carefully executed communication strategy and house-wide change. As a result of practice improvements at the study facility, positive outcomes were evident. In a national database for hospitals having a similar bed size, the study facility outperformed more than half of others in regard to total falls and falls with injury per 1000 days during two-quarters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Cultural change
  • Falls
  • Injury-related deaths
  • Patient safety
  • Quality management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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