Molly Mesibov, RN, CRRN – Nursing Manager, HCA - CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital
In 2018, our 80-bed CARF accredited Rehabilitation Hospital located in Asheville (Western North Carolina) established patient fall prevention as its top patient safety priority for the year. Falls are a significant health care problem and can result in catastrophic consequences. Falls are considered a nurse-sensitive indicator because they depend on the quantity and quality of nursing care provided rather than medical interventions. Prevention of these falls is crucial and identification of fall prevention strategies takes precedence. As a top priority we decided to develop an interdisciplinary team made up of nurses, therapists, leadership and CNAs to use evidence based practices to develop a multifocal approach to fall prevention. After careful data review we implemented a multifaceted Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program in the spring of 2018. With these interventions and specifically the Stop Light Safety Protocol we have seen dramatic outcomes in our falls prevention with rates decreasing an average of 50% This is a continued effort and to be sustainable will always need time and attention but with our focus continuing to be on safe patient outcomes and falls reduction are certain we can continue this impressive trend of falls prevention. This session will identify the tools we used and explain our process of implementation to achieve these outcomes.
- Explain why falls occur in Inpatient Rehab Facilities more often than other specialties
- List 3 new and creative ways in which you can prevent falls in your facility
- Describe the Stop Light Protocol and review the basic components
- Design a plan for implementation of a Falls Prevention Program at your facility including 3 ways you can reinforce the program with your staff
*Recorded Webinars are eligible for CME and CNE only*
Accreditation Statement - In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco and American Medical Rehabilitation Providers. Amedco is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit Designation Statement - Amedco designates this webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 1.0 contact hours for nurses Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.