Commitment to reducing harm from falls continues

8 Sep 2014 | Reducing Harm from Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Reducing Harm from Falls programme continues to strengthen connections across aged care and primary care/community settings, and continues a focus on falls in district health board hospitals.

Initiatives currently underway include the following.

  • A quarterly falls newsletter which will include falls prevention stories from different settings, a viewpoint from our clinical lead and the expert advisory group, and sector perspectives. Sign up for the newsletter.
  • Development of a set of tools and templates which support best practice in falls risk assessment and individualised care planning. These will be made available for download from our website shortly.
  • Supporting consistency around the application of human factors to strengthen our analysis and learning from falls-related events; and promote a framework for discussion on standardising falls classifications across the sector.
  • A suite of innovative resources for consumers and clinicians in primary care settings is nearing completion and will provide a platform for engagement in these settings.

The recently released Topic 10 – An integrated approach to falls in older people: what is your part? reinforces important messages from internationally respected 'change agents' such as Helen Bevan from the NHS, who advocate for stronger integration and connectedness in our work to bring about positive change and improved patient outcomes.

For more information about the Reducing Harm from Falls programme see: www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/reducing-harm-from-falls/.

 

Last updated 08/09/2014