Safe Balance operates within many aspects of a healthcare system creating a "closed loop" flow for comprehensive population management.
The Inpatient/Acute Setting
The Safe Balance program is ideally utilized as a comprehensive tool on the hospital floor to assist in mitigating falls during a hospital stay (assess on admission) and to assist in identifying the need for supporting services and/or locations at the end of stay (assess at discharge).
Admission: By assessing an admitted patient's fall risk, many proactive safety decisions can be made. Safe Balance can assist the floor in determining patient ambulation needs, patient transfer needs, potential safety awareness and cognitive dysfunction, medications associated with heightened fall risk, and more.
With this information, the hospital medical staff can allocate resources, equipment, observation schedules and referrals to maintain a proactive approach to patient care. Additionally, this service creates a billable encounter under the hospitalist's professional services this offsetting various costs.
Discharge: Does the patient need home health services? Outpatient physical therapy? Does the patient have a visual impairment however hasn't had a vision exam in over 3 years?
At the conclusion of a patient's stay, the Safe Balance program assists in identifying certain areas of risk that continue to be present in the patient. With this information, the hospital's medical staff can put into motion various supporting services and referrals to prevent a future fall from happening leading to a readmission. Additionally, if under the same license, the primary care physician can examine the hospital's Safe Balance results to continue to support the patient from the clinical side of patient care.
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