Fall-related Harm Featured Topic at MHA Keystone Center PSO Safe Table

Posted on June 12, 2019

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) conducted a safe table event June 4 to discuss the potential for fall-related injuries in healthcare facilities and how to prevent them. Safe tables allow healthcare professionals to convene in a legally protected environment to discuss ways to mitigate patient harm.

The recent MHA Keystone Center PSO safe table taught participants how to allocate resources such as floor mats, centralized video monitoring and hip protectors to the most at-risk populations, as well as to reduce potential adverse events.

Attendees discussed how critical thinking, post-fall huddles and implementing an interdisciplinary falls committee are primary fall prevention methods that can improve outcomes. They are particularly effective when used in combination with the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the activity limitations instrument, the Boston University Activity Measure for Post-acute Care (AM-PAC)TM “6 Clicks” Basic Mobility Inpatient Short Form.

There was also discussion on the link between falls in the geriatric population and population health. The MHA Keystone Center PSO will build on this topic and host a safe table Aug. 1 at MHA headquarters in Okemos. The event will focus on topics that contribute to population health, such as readmission rates and social determinants of health. Registration is free and open to all MHA Keystone Center PSO members. Questions should be directed to the MHA Keystone Center PSO.

Tags: Patient Safety Organization, PSO, safe table, legally protected environment, fall-related injuries

Posted in: Patient Safety & Quality

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