Inside best practice: Fall reduction strategy

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 21, 2010

Systemic change does require visionary leadership. The Board of Trustees for our facility established a new three-year strategic plan based on our six indicators of success. One such indicator is Quality & Patient Safety, and the board determined that this indicator should include a vision “to eliminate all preventable harm.”

Given this direction, we chose to focus on patient falls and began to ask ourselves if we could eliminate all falls. The prior year baseline for our organization was 3.8 falls per 1,000 patient days. When compared to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) we were within the benchmark for our medical-surgical units.

Source: This excerpt is from the June issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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