Fall assessment policy raises the bar

Accreditation Connection, February 20, 2009

In summer 2006, Bellin Home Health Care in Green Bay, WI, created a tool to assess patients’ likelihood and risk of falling by using resources from hospital-affiliated home care.

However, the policy did not capture what was needed to assess home care patients, and Melissa Smits, RN, team leader, administrator of home health/home infusion, and Emily Nelson, RN, BSN, quality/regulatory coordinator, sat down to draw up a new fall assessment policy for home care patients.

Using the original policy as their basis, Nelson and Smits worked with nurses and physical and occupational therapists to help create the new policy.

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