26 Jun 2013 | Reducing Harm from Falls
AHRQ publication NO 13-0015-EF
Fall prevention requires an interdisciplinary approach to care. Some parts of fall prevention care are highly routine; other aspects must be tailored to each patient‘s specific risk profile. No clinician working alone, regardless of how talented, can prevent all falls. Rather, fall prevention requires the active engagement of many individuals, including the multiple disciplines and teams involved in caring for the patient. To accomplish this coordination, high-quality prevention requires an organizational culture and operational practices that promote teamwork and communication, as well as individual expertise. Fall prevention activities also need to be balanced with other considerations, such as minimizing restraints and maintaining patients‘ mobility, to provide the best possible care to the patient. Therefore, improvement in fall prevention requires a system focus to make needed changes.