Taking aim at fall injury adverse events: best practices and organizational change.

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TitleTaking aim at fall injury adverse events: best practices and organizational change.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsO'Connor, P., Creager J., Mooney S., Laizner A. M., & Ritchie J. A.
JournalHealthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.)
Volume9 Spec No
Date Published2006 Oct
KeywordsAcademic Medical Centers, Accidental Falls, Humans, Organizational Case Studies, Organizational Innovation, Pilot Projects, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Quebec, Safety Management

Fall injuries represent a huge healthcare, social and financial burden to the Canadian population. In 2004, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) was awarded recognition as a National Spotlight Organization for Implementation of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs). That same year, the author and co-leader of the Best Practice Guideline Program began the CHSRF Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) Program with the goal of reducing falls injuries, one of the most common adverse events in the MUHC and in acute care in Canada. This demonstration project used multiple strategies to strengthen a culture of safety and improve performance relating to adverse events, including: pilot testing several evidence-based falls prevention interventions (autumn 2005), training teams of champions to work across multiple sites, developing an infrastructure to support organizational change, modifying existing quality indicators to become benchmarkable, conducting a cost analysis of falls prevention, evaluating pre- and post-pilot surveys of organizational climate and obtaining initial baseline measures of the safety climate within the organization. Positive patient, practitioner and organizational outcomes suggest that falls safety prevention is feasible in large, complex healthcare organizations--and that safety is both a moral and a financial imperative. Next stages of the BPG program include full rollout, and measuring sustainability via a formal outcome evaluation study.

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