Safe Steps Forward: Strategies for Preventing Patient Falls Webinar


Strategies for Preventing Patient Falls

Since 2019, falls have constituted the most common type of sentinel event under review, with 70% of these incidents causing severe harm to patients and 5% leading to fatalities. However, if organizations take the right measures, falls can be prevented.

In this webinar led by Mileva Gligic Savich, RN, Director of Quality, Accreditation and Risk Management at Pinnacle Hospital, you’ll learn:

  • Effective methods to identify and analyze the root causes of patient falls in healthcare settings.
  • The importance of tailored communication and patient education strategies in fall prevention.
  • Practical in-care setting strategies, including the use of technological aids and environmental modifications, to reduce fall risks.
  • Innovative staff training techniques and continuous education approaches for sustaining a culture of safety and fall prevention.

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Why Do Falls Happen?

Falls within healthcare settings are not exclusive to patients; they can also impact staff and visitors. The reasons behind falls are diverse, encompassing various factors that can pose risks to individuals. Some factors include:

  • Environmental factors: Environmental hazards such as slippery floors, exposed cables, and inadequate lighting, among other things, can all play a role in a patient falling.
  • Physiological factors: Physiological factors such as waking up from surgery, medication side-effects, or chronic pain are all common factors that can be attributed to a fall.
  • Previous Falls: Once a patient falls, they can be at a higher risk of falling again.

Identifying and addressing these factors is vital for creating effective fall prevention strategies in healthcare. By considering environmental, physiological, and patient history aspects, healthcare providers can implement targeted interventions to minimize fall risks for all individuals in the healthcare setting.

Why Prevention Matters: Creating a Culture of Safety

Falls can result in severe injuries, leading to prolonged recovery times and potential long-term consequences for patients. Though falls are common, they are preventable, research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that up to one-third of falls are preventable. Our webinar will equip your organization with strategies and practical steps to establish an effective fall prevention plan.

An effective fall prevention plan can include:

  • Patient Education: Providing patients and their families with information on fall risks and preventive measures from before they’re even admitted into the healthcare setting.
  • Environmental Modifications: Adapting to the physical environment to minimize fall hazards.
  • Regular Monitoring: Implementing continuous monitoring and surveillance to identify potential fall risks.
  • Communication Protocols: Establishing effective communication channels among healthcare staff to share information about patient fall risks.
  • Post-Fall Protocols: Developing procedures for post-fall assessments, reporting, and preventive interventions such as an RCA.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: Regularly evaluating and updating the fall prevention plan based on incidents, feedback, and emerging best practices.

Be Proactive in Your Fall Prevention Plan

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By fostering a collaborative approach centered on learning and sustained improvements, our software empowers healthcare organizations to proactively enhance patient safety.

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