Zoë Packman: A team approach to reducing inpatient falls
Making the ward environment safer for patients should be a primary aim for nurses and clinical teams. Adopting improvement methodologies can make a real difference, says NHS Improvement's Zoe Packman
As nurses, we have a key role to play in ensuring patients do not experience safety incidents while they are in hospital. Taking steps to reduce the likelihood of the most common incidents occurring should be a routine part of what nurses and other hospital staff do, particularly as work by NHS Improvement (NHSI) on patient safety and falls shows that such interventions can make a difference.
According to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), falls in hospitals are the most commonly reported patient safety incident across acute, mental health and community hospital settings. Data from the NRLS show there were more than 250,000 inpatient falls in 2015-16 alone....
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