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Falls prevention

Did you know that last year 19,175 people were admitted to a SA public hospital injured after a fall? 

The SA Health Falls Prevention Program aims to enhance the independence and wellbeing of older South Australians through reducing preventable fall-related harm. Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing, and there are effective strategies that community members and health care professionals can do to reduce risk.

Statistics for 2015

The below falls prevention infographics provide staff with some data available to paint a picture of falls across SA in 2015, such as:

  • the number of falls
  • the average length of hospital stay
  • effective strategies that are having a positive impact on reducing falls incidents during health care.

This year, infographics have been developed for the following areas:

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National Standard 10 – Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls

Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 10 – Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls ) describes criteria that need to be met for accreditation.

The Accreditation Standard criteria:

  • Governance and systems for preventing falls.
    Health service organisations have governance structures and systems in place to reduce falls and minimise harm from falls.
  • Screening and assessing risks of falls and harm from falling.
    Patients on presentation, during admission, and when clinical indicated, are screened for risk of a fall and the potential to be harmed from falls.
  • Preventing falls and harm from falling.
    Prevention strategies are in place for patients at risk of falling.
  • Communicating with patients and carers.
    Patients and carers are informed of the identified risks from falls and are engaged in the development of a falls prevention plan.

The SA Health Accreditation Resource (PDF 1475KB) identifies the resources that are available to support each criteria.

Standard 10 is based in the National guidelines Preventing falls and harm from falls – best practice for Australian hospitals, residential aged care and community care, 2009 Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care.

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Falls risk assessment and care planning

Medical records forms (usually numbered MR58, MR58a and 58b) can be ordered from the SA Health Distribution Centre by completing a Medical Records Order Form (PDF 138KB). There are EPAS versions of these paper forms.

Videos and information about using these forms is included in the Falls Prevention eLearning course.

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Finding the right falls prevention service – where and how to refer

Each Local Health Network (LHN) has a streamlined system to assist referrers and older people to access the right service at the right time.

Falls prevention service directories provide a comprehensive listing of all services that offer falls prevention programs, including SA Health Falls Clinics and Day Therapy, Domiciliary Care and private allied health. These are available for:

Telephone 1300 0 FALLS (1300 0 32557) for information about services in the metropolitan area.

For Country SA services, please contact your local community health service for information about services that are available close to you. You can also contact the Falls Program Manager on Health.CHSAFallsPreventionProject@health.sa.gov.au

Strength for Life promotes health and well-being and helps reduce the risk of falling in people over 50, through strength and balance training programs that are run by accredited community-based fitness providers.

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Consumer information on falls prevention

Health care providers are encouraged to use our range of fact sheets, self-screen checklists and booklets to engage consumers in their falls prevention. Selected resources are available in a range of languages. These are all available on the consumer falls page.

Posters have also been developed to use around the health care setting, or in displays to remind patients on the importance of falls prevention. Selected languages are also available. 

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Contact

Michele Sutherland 
Safety and Quality Unit
Telephone: (08) 8226 9599

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Posters

 

English

Click on the image below to download the relevant poster. 

Posters targeting health professionals

If you think that your patient is at risk of falls, then they probably are. Doing a falls risk assessment will help you to plan their care.  Falls are preventable. We all have a role to play   

General fall prevention posters

Don&apost fall for it. Falls can be prevented! Choose a fun way to keep active and maintain your balance - a falls prevention intiative  Out and About. Hints to help you feel confident in public places            Set yourself up to stay independent at home. For advise see your Occupational Therapist, Independent Living Centre, local council or Doctor  

 

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