News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Preventing Falls In Hospital a Waikato Goal

Preventing Falls In Hospital a Waikato Goal
Preventing falls in hospital is the business for everyone involved in health.
That is the message of this year’s Falls promotion, which got underway this week at Waikato District Health Board (DHB).
Chief operating officer Jan Adams says falls are an ongoing and serious cause of patient harm.
“We take patient safety very seriously and are doing all we can to prevent harm from falls,” she says.
“Nobody wants a patient to have a fall while receiving health care.”
Waikato DHB will mark No Falls month by not only including details of rolling out the Ministry Of Health "No falls month" campaign across the DHB but also celebrating its fall prevention achievements.
Achievements to date:
•Patient injury rate continues to decrease
•Fall rate within the DHB continues to reduce
•Increase in reporting of patient falls
•The number of falls resulting in a severity score of 1 has decreased
•More than 1700 staff have now completed the Upright online falls education
•A comprehensive toolkit of fall prevention strategies on the intranet

But we still have some way to go, how can we improve even more?,” said Mrs Adams.
The DHB "No falls" campaign has been launched through the Board of Clinical Governance, senior nurses meeting, nursing round table and the senior nurse/Allied Health meetings and features on the intranet message of the day page.
Staff have been asked to involve patients, families and carers, using their creativity to show case the fall prevention activities in their ward/area and service - inpatient, out patient and the community
Additional resources from the Ministry of Health, "No falls" Balloons, pens, stickers and two sets of posters, will provide an opportunity to focus even more on fall prevention improvements as we go forward
Ideas in action include: Fall prevention focus boards, update education (Self directed learning package/Upright online), streaming of the Thames 'Humpty Dumpty' video; placing the A4 posters and balloons with the 'releasing time to care' boards and smaller posters in high risk fall areas: toilets/bathrooms; stickers and pens are being used to focus fall prevention conversations/admission and discharge with patients and /families, quizzes and competitions.
Mrs Adams says falls can cause suffering and sometimes death, as well as distress for their families/whanau or caregivers of the person who has fallen.  A fall-related injury often means a longer hospital stay and extra medical tests and treatment.  It is one of the main reasons patients for earlier admissions to an aged residential care facility.
Between 2010 and 2012, 200 people nationally fell while in hospital care and broke their hip.
“Many falls are preventable and it’s up to us all to make sure we work as a team to prevent harm from falls. Our staff are working hard to make sure every patient is assessed for their risk of a fall, care plans are developed with patients and family to help keep them safe on their feet, and we make sure the environment is safe.”
Older people are most at risk of falling.
Mrs Adams encourages people to discuss any concerns with their doctor or nurse, and to ask for help if they feel unsteady on their feet.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need a hand,” she says. 
“It’s also important to make sure you know where the call-bell is by your bed and that you have everything that is important within reach, such as your glasses or walker. Staff will help keep the area around your bed clutter-free and make sure any spills are attended to so you don’t slip over.”
A national patient safety campaign coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission will focus initially on reducing harm from falls.  Other areas of focus during the campaign will be healthcare-associated infections, medications and perioperative harm.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news