Hospitals are not all about surgeries and injections. Taking the overall care of all patients is what makes the hospital worthy of its name. It requires the joint efforts and dedication of surgeons, physicians, and nurses. Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) is one such joint initiative that uses various strategies to prevent patients from falling. It has resulted in the reduction of falls from 10 falls per 1000 patients to 2 falls per 1000 patients.
Slip and fall accidents are prevalent causes of any injuries among patients. These simple-sounding accidents can be fatal enough to make someone lose their life. Because of the minor negligence, hospitals can often face severe lawsuits, which can cost them losing significant amounts on hiring a top-notch lawyer and will still damage the reputation of the hospital. Therefore, hospitals are now using TCAB strategies to prevent any such damage.
Easy identification of high-risk patients
With patients who are at a high risk of falling, hospital staff can make use of visual cues. The hospitals should provide red socks to such patients for easy identification.
The use of armbands or putting a sign outside of the patient’s room can be other alternatives to alert the staff. All these precautions can help in the long run in preventing the risk of slips and falls among patients.
Providing safety companions
Hospitals can appoint a staff member as a safety companion for the patients who are at high risk of falling. The role of these safety companions is to provide 24-hour support and observation. They also extend help to patients in following simple directions or performing activities that are essential to maintain basic hygiene.
Such kind of continuous care helps the hospital to avoid any possible risk of falling and possible lawsuit damages. Dealing with such lawsuits requires the hiring of highly experienced lawyers, which might be hefty on the hospital’s budget and is also a very time-consuming process.
Keeping the patient busy
Hospital staff has drawn out innovative ways to reduce the risk of falling. They involve patients in leisure activities, which keeps their mind distracted because of which they feel less need to get out of the bed, thereby reducing the risk of slip and fall in the hospital.
These activities can include reading books, watching television, or writing, etc. depending on what interests the patient.
Setting bed alarms
Hospitals have recently seen a change in the usage of bed alarms with patients at high risk of falling. Generally, the hospital staff sets the bed alarms at an interval of 10 seconds between the patient leaving the bed and the ringing of the bell.
Ten seconds is a period long enough for a patient to get far away from the safety zone. Thus, recently hospitals have started putting the alarms on an interval of 2 seconds, which better equips the hospital staff for taking proper care and precautions of the high risk of falling patients.
Conducting safety rounds is the extensively used and effective strategy to prevent slip and fall in hospital. Hospitals should attend at least two safety rounds on the patients with high risk for falling.
These safety rounds should be an addition to the hourly ones, to ensure that patients with high risk for falling have all the necessary precautionary measures in place, such as their armbands, red socks, and bed alarms.