According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults.
Each year up to one third of adults over the age of 65 living at home experience a fall and almost two-thirds of older adults who have a fall will have another fall within a year. Injuries from a fall can range from minor to life threatening.
Because of that, St. Francis Memorial Hospital has teamed up with Dr. Katherine Jones P.T. PhD, and her fellow researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in a two-year, grant-based project to reduce inpatient falls throughout Nebraska.
The program is called Collaboration and Proactive Teamwork Used to Reduce Falls (CAPTURE Falls) and uses a team approach to fall prevention and injury reduction.
The CAPTURE Falls team at St. Francis Memorial Hospital was formed in August of 2012 and is a multidisciplinary team made up of health care professionals from nursing, rehabilitation, dietary and pharmacy departments. It also includes the Quality Improvement Coordinator and the Care Coordinator.
Dr. Jones worked with the local CAPTURE Falls team to research and choose a fall risk assessment tool, and to incorporate that into the daily patient assessments.
The CAPTURE team at St. Francis will continue to work with Dr. Jones until completion of the research project in December of 2014.
“We partnered with UNMC to enhance patient safety at Franciscan Care Services (FCS),” said Anne Timmerman, MT (ASCP). Mrs. Timmerman is the hospital Quality Improvement and Patient/Resident Safety Coordinator. Patient safety is a priority of the administrative staff at FCS, she said.
Planning for the patient tower that opened in June of 2012 incorporated the latest in designs for patient safety.
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