Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center

Evidenced-based Falls Prevention in Critical Access Hospitals

Abstract: 

This policy brief is part of a series of policy briefs by the Flex Monitoring Team identifying and assessing evidence-based patient safety and quality improvement interventions appropriate for use by state Flex Programs and Critical Access Hospitals.<br><b>Key Findings:</b></br><li>
Hospital falls are a serious patient safety problem, accounting for nearly 84% of all inpatient incidents. <li>Most falls commonly occur as a result of medication related issues, toileting needs, and hospital environmental conditions.<li>Effective falls interventions target both intrinsic (e.g. physiologic) and extrinsic (e.g. environmental) risk factors.<li>Effective falls prevention teams are interdisciplinary and ideally include pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, medical, and quality officers and are imbedded in a culture of patient safety.<li>Education for and communication across all staff contributes to successful falls prevention programs.
Reporting falls data to one of the national organizations allows for benchmarking.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
December 31, 2011
URL: 
http://flexmonitoring.org/documents/PolicyBrief24_Falls-Prevention.pdf

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David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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