Read more about the activities occurring in each region for April Falls 2013.
The Bay of Plenty DHB is running a month long campaign for April Falls 2013. An information display has been set up in the main corridors of Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals to support the promotion. The displays feature a range of booklets that patients and visitors are welcome to take home. The booklets contain strength and balance exercises that can be done in the comfort of people's homes. Find out more about the DHBs April Falls 2013 activities on their website.
- Arthritis NZ: Efforts of Bay of Plenty DHB welcomed by Arthritis New Zealand
- Bay of Plenty DHB: April Falls campaign in Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals.
MidCentral DHB has a comprehensive April No Falls Week programme planned starting on 2 April 2013.
Displays and information are planned around the following four themes (falls prevention, intervention, staff falls and post falls management and intervention) which have been adopted by the central region DHBs.
Activities planned include:
- Provision of resource kits for each area (see photo below) which include all falls documentation, reinforcement of policies with particular focus on interventions for patient identified as a falls risk, research articles and tools to highlight falls risk.
- A recruitment drive for falls champions
- Visual displays in lookout café for each theme each day
- Launch of the falls sticker that will be used in the clinical notes
- Walk around and education sessions in wards
- Quizzes and pamphlets for each day with a theme of the day
Feedback on the proposed national falls prevention tools will be gathered and provided to the Commission.
Nelson Marlborough DHB is running a Falls Week from 8 – 12 April 2013. In addition, four articles have appeared in community papers across the district, talking to people who have participated in the ‘Stable and Steady’ programme. The programme is run by the Nelson Bays and Marlborough primary health care organisations, and is aimed at people who have had a fall.
The DHB has used a number of resources to profile Falls Week including badges, newsletter articles, and brochures for patients.
Read the Nelson Marlborough media release: Falls prevention week 8 – 12 April 2013.
Read the newsletter from Nelson Bays Primary Health: Be Well, April Falls newsletter.
The Northland DHB Whangarei and District Hospitals falls prevention project aims to have zero harm from falls by March 2014. Ward 15 was the first area to apply the IHI methodology, quality improvement model by first analysing their falls data over the past 12 months, with ongoing analysis of contributing factors that lead to patients falling.
The data, measured monthly, is providing evidence that these interventions are having a positive impact on reducing Ward 15’s falls. Changes they have implemented include changing their model of care to geographical nursing, changing the hours of the health care assistant to commence at 0600hrs to cover the early morning toileting period and developing individual patient fall management plans.
Ward 15’s experience has now been shared with all inpatient areas including the regional hospitals. Falls champions are beginning to analyse data from the past 12 months and using measurement tools to identify the contributing factors to falls in their specific areas. Each area has unique factors that lead to falls so analysis of the root causes and ongoing measurement will enable relevant and sustainable change to be implemented.
April Falls month will support the champions and help promote the roll out of the falls prevention programme. A promotion of the April Falls campaign will be held and the Commission's “falls hurt” resources will be distributed to all inpatient areas.
Whanganui DHB is releasing four, weekly press releases throughout April. The releases will all have different themes and focus on exercise, the use of vitamin D and advice from ACC.
- Whanganui DHB standing right behind April Falls campaign
- Whanganui DHB urges older people to exercise
- Whanganui DHB highlights the importance of Vitamin D
- Whanganui DHB welcomes new falls prevention initiative
Waikato DHB has also participated in the DHB falls prevention. Other April Falls activities have included:
- daily features on the DHB 'message of the day' page on the intranet
- falls prevention activities across all DHB sites
- strategic support from the executive team, DHB falls committee and board of clinical governance/patient safety programme
- comprehensive toolkit of fall prevention strategies, online education, inhouse videos and learning packages
- monthly newsletters.
- No falls the goal for Waikato DHB for a month from now