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Acute/Inpatient Hospital

Enhance Inpatient Nursing Protocols. Increase Fall Prevention Efficiency. Plan for Safe Discharge. 

The floors of the hospital and rehabilitation facilities serve the most vulnerable of patients. Despite the vast differences in support in the ICU, Med-Surg, Cardio, Pulmonary and Rehab floors, falls are and remain a critical concern of the hospital as a whole as a center of liability, penalties, costs, and most importantly, the impact on the patient themselves. 

While nursing-based fall prevention programs and protocols are scientifically driven and supported with published success, there are elements that are missing from that approach which focus on the other crucial disciplines involved in patient fall prevention in both the hospital floor and upon discharge.  

SAFE BALANCE acts as a managed program that can bolt alongside to your existing fall prevention program, creating a robust and comprehensive protocol for enhance patient care. With the SAFE BALANCE program, the attending provider is presented in a report with the patient's current risk factors itemized in a bullet pointed list, a framework of interventions for supporting disciplines to engage that are specific to the individualized risk or combination of risks, and a list of order considerations to engage other disciplines in patient care where appropriate. 

As upwards of 35% of patients who come into the ED are admitted, the SAFE BALANCE Acute/Inpatient program increases efficiency by being able to instantly pull assessment data from the ED's test into the Acute/Inpatient version. The results are then populated based on the change in setting for a more meaningful program engagement, which removes ALL time for fall risk assessment from the floor. 

At the conclusion of the SAFE BALANCE assessment, two meaningful reports are generated instantly for the provider: one focusing on how to keep the patient safe on the floor, and the other on what discharge parameters should be implemented/considered to prevent further injury/readmission upon hospital exit. Some sample interventions include:


 

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Hospital-Based Safety

Discharge Planning Report

  • Assistance in toileting/transfers

  • Side rails in place to assist in bed mobility

  • Monitor patient for decreased safety awareness due to medication side-effects

  • Maintain low-level lighting to prevent tripping during ambulation

  • Utilize walker for transfers/ambulation

  • Refer to PT for Eval and gait analysis

  • Patient Fall Prevention education materials

  • Home Safety Checklist 

  • Refer to Home Health services

  • Refer to Orthopedic Specialists for eval/management of future fall risk

  • Assistance with ADLs from family/staff

  • Utilization of DME/AD (Walker/Cane)

  • Medication reconciliation when available with PCP