Falls

Falls remain a common cause of harm to patients in acute hospitals with as many as 250,000 falls recorded in the UK each year. 

Many factors contribute to the risk of falls in acute wards. A combination of processes which include risk assessment falls bundles, review of local environment and the use of safety crosses help to understand and communicate data which contributes to a measurable reduction in harm.

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Falls remain a common cause of harm to patients in acute hospitals with as many as 250,000 falls recorded in the UK each year.

13 September 2017

This Networking day in Glasgow set out to allow delegates to:

  • Share the successes and challenges around the improvement work
  • Learn about opportunities to improve outcomes and experiences for patients
  • Network with colleagues

Presentations

National overview (PDF)

NHS Lanarkshire - Wishaw General Hospital
 (PDF)

Flash report (PDF)

30 August 2016

This event in Edinburgh set out to allow teams from across NHS Scotland to:>

  • Hear about different approaches to reducing falls in NHS Scotland
  • Learn from the successes and challenges in sustaining improvement in other NHS boards
  • Share tools and materials developed locally by other teams
  • Increase the networks of front line teams, engaging with colleagues in other NHS boards

Presentations

Falls Prevention – Translating Evidence Base in to Practice (PDF)

Learning from a QI project to reduce falls in a Care Home (PDF)

An introduction to QI (PDF)

Additional materials

University Hospitals Birmingham - Special enhanced care (PDF)

University Hospitals Birmingham - Non-invasive blood pressure Images from the day can be found here

Flash report (PDF)