ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new national study is helping Barnes Jewish Hospital lower the rate of injury falls among patients.
Every year, about 11,000 fatal patient falls occur in hospitals nationwide.
Barnes Jewish was one of seven hospitals across the nation to take part in the study by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. The goal was to use new solutions to reduce both the number of fall injuries and the severity of them while in the hospital.
“Overall, Barnes Jewish Hospital on the oncology floor, where this study was conducted, we did decrease our total number of falls, but most importantly, we decreased our falls with serious injuries,” says Laurie Wolf with Barnes Jewish. “We went 16 months without one fall with serious injury.”
Wolf says they worked to lower the fall incidence rate by practicing what’s called patient partnering.
“What it really means is a collaboration between the patient and the nurse to coordinate their plan of care and how to prevent them from falling,” she says.
Wolf says the biggest contributor to injury falls there is patients getting up on their own to use the bathroom.
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