27 Nov 2014 | Reducing Harm from Falls
The Health Quality & Safety Commission, in conjunction with ACC and three Wellington-based district health boards, established a collaborative in early 2014 to assist age-related residential care facilities to learn about quality improvement.
Facilities learned from one another, reviewed the latest evidence-based interventions to reduce harm from falls, and applied the learning by undertaking small tests of change in their own facilities.
One of these facilities, Fergusson Rest Home and Hospital in Upper Hutt, has seen a dramatic reduction in the rate of falls since participating in the collaborative.
The November issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand includes a profile about Fergusson Rest Home and their work through the collaborative. A number of quality improvement initiatives and environmental changes have been introduced, including re-positioning beds closer to ensuites, daily walking schedules for residents and exercise programmes.