National Safety Month to Focus on Falls, Preventable Harm
Posted on June 07, 2018
June is National Safety Month. Sponsored by the National Safety Council, the annual event recognizes the importance of safety, raises awareness on preventable harm, and encourages people to spread the word about ways to reduce injuries.
The theme of this year’s National Safety Month is “No 1 Gets Hurt,” and each week of June will highlight a different safety topic. Week three will focus on patient falls and fall-related injuries, which has been a major focus for the MHA Keystone Center.
The MHA Keystone Center, a nonprofit organization focused on the improvement of healthcare safety and quality, supports its members with resources and education on the importance of reducing the risk of infections and injuries, including patient falls.
The center regularly works with its members to implement fall prevention best practices. It often conducts site visits to observe daily safety briefings and current procedures and practices, as well as make key recommendations to reduce the number of falls and prevent patient injury. Additional resources, such as scholarly articles on fall prevention, are provided to hospital staff.
In preparation for the site visits, hospitals are also asked to complete a fall gap analysis, which compares actual performance with desired performance. The Gap Analysis Tool outlines many best practices within falls and asks whether certain processes are currently being done. It is used as a vehicle to critically think about what gaps exist and what might be done to resolve them, ultimately improving patient care.
The National Safety Council and the MHA Keystone Center are focused on safety, saving lives and preventing injuries. Downloadable resources for National Safety Month are available on the National Safety Council website. Information on how the MHA Keystone Center is improving the quality of care in Michigan is available on the MHA Keystone Center website.
Members with questions should contact the MHA Keystone Center.
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