Take a Stand Against Patient Falls
It’s no secret that falls happen in hospitals. Hundreds of thousands of patients fall in hospitals every year. And, fact is, 30-35% of patients who fall will sustain an injury.
At the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare we are committed to transforming health care into a high-reliability industry by developing highly-effective solutions to health care’s most critical safety and quality problems.
The NEW Preventing Falls Targeted Solutions Tool®(TST®) is a unique online application that guides an organization through a robust falls project by:
- Measuring the current state
- Analyzing and discovering causes
- Implementing targeted solutions
- Sustaining and spreading improvements
The NEW Preventing Falls TST® is complimentary to Joint Commission accredited organizations and is separate from accreditation–surveyors do not have access to TST® data.
So stand up for patient safety and help prevent patient falls. Login to the Preventing Falls TST or Request Access.
Questions? Contact us at 630.792.5800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the NEW Preventing Falls TST® today!
Development Background at a Glance
The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare worked with seven participating organizations across the country that were experienced in Robust Process Improvement (RPI) which includes the tools of Lean, Six Sigma and Change Management, to tackle a project to prevent falls that occur in health care facilities and result in injury to patients.
The participating organizations used the DMAIC approach (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) to determine the contributing factors to falls and then created targeted solutions to prevent falls with adult hospital inpatients. Detailed data was gathered on all falls for the baseline period and then analyzed. As a result we found more than 30 contributing factors that resulted in falls.
Data collection was an ongoing exercise as Targeted Solutions were developed and implemented as a collaborative effort. The participating organizations shared results, successes, and failures as the project progressed. The solutions developed and targeted to the specific contributing factors were proven to reduce falls and falls with injury rates in the participating organizations.
This success was also seen in the pilot organizations that used the tools and solutions developed by the original seven participating organizations.
Participating organizations included:
Baylor Medical Center-Garland
Fairview Health Services
Kaiser Permanente - San Diego
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist Health
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