A successful campaign to raise awareness about why patients fall in hospital celebrated its first anniversary this week. Fallsafe is part of Basildon University Hospital’s drive to provide the safest possible care for patients.
Work over the past 12 months has focussed on improving the assessment of patients most at risk of having a fall in hospital, and recent figures have shown that the number of avoidable falls has started to decrease.
Anne Hendry, lead nurse for osteoporosis and falls, said: “Unfortunately patients do fall while in hospital. Often it is due to their medical condition, blood pressure, infection, medication or being in an unfamiliar environment. Over the past year our staff have got much better at assessing patients for their risk of having a fall, and this is starting to pay off. There are now around 8% fewer inpatient falls than this time last year and we are determined to improve even further over the coming months.”