Number of falls in hospitals is reduced

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THE number of patient falls in Queen Alexandra Hospital has been reduced by 25 per cent.

The drop comes as a result of a project, which was tested in some hospital wards in the south, and will now be rolled out nationally.

According to strategic health authority NHS South of England, more than 280,000 patient falls are reported from hospitals and mental health units each year, costing around £15m.

Most patients are over 75 years old and have multiple long-term and acute illnesses.

The Patient Safety Federation – made up of NHS trusts in the south of England area – tried the FallSafe project to reduce falls via assessments and interventions.

Jonathan Fielden, PSF executive, said: ‘The project’s final report shows FallSafe wards and their hospitals benefited through substantial improvements in patients being assessed for risk of falling, changes to documentation, policy, attitude to and awareness of falls, and better team working. This is a real benefit to patients.’