Falls

The aim of the SPSP Acute Adult Falls Improvement Programme is to reduce the number of falls and falls with harm to support improved experience and outcomes for people in acute care. The work is important as it will look to protect the health, wellbeing and safety of people when accessing healthcare services in Scotland.

A fall in hospital can be devastating. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and increased morbidity and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall, and can have an impact on health and social care costs.

 

Case studies - June 2018

In 2018, the Acute Care Team adapted its approach in supporting boards to reduce falls in hospital and undertook a series of case studies. The key aim was to explore and understand the factors that may be influencing successes in NHS boards who were reporting an improvement in the rate of falls and falls with harm. Thereafter, the falls driver diagram and change package were reviewed and updated.

Click here to access the Driver diagram, change package and measurement plan.

Click here to access the case studies report.

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