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Posey Mitts & Post Stroke Therapy

Posey Mitts & Post Stroke Therapy

Falls are common among hospitalized patients, with 2.3 to 7 falls occurring per 1000 patient-days [1]. Approximately 30% of inpatient falls result in injury, with up to 6% resulting in serious injury [1]. Franklin Square Hospital Centre recognized that fall prevention was an important patient safety issue and undertook an intervention to decrease patient falls at their institution…

A Hospital Fall Assessment and Intervention

A Hospital Fall Assessment and Intervention

Falls are common among hospitalized patients, with 2.3 to 7 falls occurring per 1000 patient-days [1]. Approximately 30% of inpatient falls result in injury, with up to 6% resulting in serious injury [1]. Franklin Square Hospital Centre recognized that fall prevention was an important patient safety issue and undertook an intervention to decrease patient falls at their institution…

Activity Programs for Fall Prevention

Activity Programs for Fall Prevention

Approximately one third of community-dwelling individuals age 65 and over will experience a fall annually. The need for providing fall prevention services is gaining importance in the policy, social service, recreation and parks, health care, and research arenas…

Acute Hospitals and Dementia

Acute Hospitals and Dementia

The Cornwall dementia and communication difficulties education scheme is a simple strategy to enable provision of more effective and appropriate care to patients with memory and communication difficulties throughout healthcare settings in Cornwall. An acute hospital audit found that the scheme improved awareness, documentation and care of this patient group. The scheme has become the basis of Cornwall’s dementia strategy…

Advances in Patient Comfort Awake, Delirious, or Restrained

Advances in Patient Comfort Awake, Delirious, or Restrained

Most intensive care units (ICUs) in the UK have a significant input from anaesthetists. Anaesthetists are used to rendering patients unconscious, primarily so that they do not suffer during surgery. Critically ill patients are also often kept unconscious and nothing is seen as unusual or wrong with this. There is increasing evidence that unnecessary sedation may increase patient morbidity and costs…

Dementia in the Acute Hospital

Dementia in the Acute Hospital

Currently approximately 600 000 people in the UK have dementia but it is estimated that by 2026 there will be 840 000, rising to 1.2 million by 2050. Thus increasing numbers of people will die while suffering from dementia. It is likely that many will end their lives in an acute hospital where the quality of care may be suboptimal…

Fall Prevention Programme

Fall Prevention Programme

Falls are a common, serious and costly problem. Single and multi-factorial interventions can reduce the rate of falls by around 25% in high risk populations. In the UK, most falls prevention programmes are delivered in day or community hospitals and referral to such programmes is usually opportunistic rather than through a systematic screening process. The aim of this trial was to evaluate.

Falls Acute Care Prevention of Protocol

Falls Acute Care Prevention of Protocol

Falls are a leading cause of hospital-acquired injury, and frequently prolong or complicate hospital stays. Falls are the most common adverse event reported in hospitals. Current data on falls rates in acute care hospitals is far from complete. In 2007 Massachusetts publicly reported average rates of 3.57 falls/1,000 patient days in hospitals of 200-299 beds, and 4.76 falls/1,000 patient days in hospitals over 500 beds…

Falls Module Study

Falls Module Study

In 2002, 1.6 million seniors were treated for falls related injuries, and 10% of those injuries occurred in healthcare institutions. If 30% of falls occurring in hospitals result in serious injuries and the cost of treating serious injuries related to falls is between $15,000 and $30,000 per fall, an average of $1.08 billion is spent per year by the healthcare industry just to treat those 30% of falls resulting in serious injuries…