Safe recovery falls prevention

Mr Praveen Mulinti1

1Werribee Mercy Hospital, Mercy Health, Werribee, Australia

Aim: Implement Safe Recovery Program on GEM ward; Improve patient’s awareness of falls and falls risk in the hospital; reduce the falls risk and prevent falls in the patients who participated in Safe recovery program

Method: Inclusion criteria includes patients with history of falls, patient with risk of falls, patients who demonstrate risk taking behavior, patient with mobility problems and patients who have MMSE of 23 or more. Methods used to implement the education program are – Focus groups, Staff education, Patient Questionnaire to assess threat appraisal (pre and post watching the video education), Showing video education of the safe recovery program to patients, Set up and review of goals, Patient feedback, Staff feedback, Monitoring of risk taking behavior of the patients and monitoring falls risk/number of falls of patients who participated in the education program

Results: Total of 24 patients on GEM ward participated in the Safe recovery education program (between Aug 2015 and July 2016); Nil falls reported among patients who participated in the program. Significant improvement noted in the patients perception of falls risk and risk of injuries due to falls in the hospitals. >75% of patients who provided feedback said they have learnt something new or useful from watching the video

Significance of findings to the allied health: Safe recovery program is quite an innovate model of falls prevention program which is worth implementing on the wards where the falls rate is high, in addition to the existing falls prevention strategies. This model looks at managing the risk taking behavior of the patients which is not addressed very well by the traditional falls prevention strategies which mainly look at risk factors management.