Associate Chief Nursing Officer
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
Over the last decade, numerous publications have quantified the quality and financial impact of patient falls both on patients and healthcare providers. Balancing risk verse reward, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has implemented a fall reduction program that has achieved a reduced in patient falls and the labor constraints needed to implement an effective fall reduction program.
· Review your institution’s multicomponent fall-prevention program and monthly falls data to identify opportunities for improvement.
· Use a multidisciplinary team to come up with creative ways to reduce inpatient falls; involve that team in the implementation phase.
· Ensure that technology solutions and redesigned clinical workflows complement each other