Maintaining Focus on Fall Prevention
Another year is coming to an end and patient falls continue to be a formidable challenge in many healthcare settings, despite considerable efforts from administrators, caregivers, and family advocates. A wide variety of public and private organizations have been tackling the problem, and in many areas progress has been made. And many helpful resources are available, including AHRQ’s toolkit to support hospitals in developing and improving their fall reduction programs with “Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care”[i]. But there is still much to be done.
As a technology vendor, STANLEY Healthcare works every day to deliver more innovative and discrete fall monitors to the market. We know that our monitors are most effective when they are user-friendly, and do not contribute to unnecessary alarms that disturb both patients and caregivers. And we value our role in developing new technologies that can better support caregivers in their fall reduction initiatives.
We invite you to enjoy this article, "Fall Prevention: You Need More Than a Monitor" featured in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine to learn more about the STANLEY Healthcare approach to fall management and how we can be your partner in patient and resident safety.
[i] Ganz DA, Huang C, Saliba D, et al. Preventing falls in hospitals: a toolkit for improving quality of care. (Prepared by RAND Corporation, Boston University School of Public Health, and ECRI Institute under Contract No. HHSA290201000017I TO #1.) Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2013. AHRQ Publication No. 13-0015-EF.