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Guide on reducing harm from falls published

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Guidance for nurses and other health professionals on reducing falls has been published by the Patient Safety First campaign.

The Patient Safety First have launched a “How to” guide for reducing harm from falls in the NHS across England and Wales.

Aimed at managers and teams involved in leading and implementing changes to reduce harm from falls, the guide includes case studies, how to get started, and actions that leaders and frontline staff can take.

Campaign core team member and director of the NHS North West Improvement Alliance Maxine Power said: “Reducing harm in this area is a complex and important issue that organisations across all care settings can address with this guide.”

She added that the campaign recognised that there are few “quick fixes” for a problem as complex as falls, and that every care setting is different.

“This guide is a practical resource that provides guidance that can be adapted to suit different local settings, and uses simple but effective improvement methods,” she said.

More than 96 per cent of acute trusts and 62 per cent of primary care and mental health trusts have signed up to the campaign since its launch in June 2008.

The initiative was started by a team of clinicians and managers to promote patient safety, and is supported by the National Patient Safety Agency, the Health Foundation and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The NPSA will incorporate the campaign’s work and activities into its own programme from March 2010.

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  • Excellent idea. Patient safety is a very important issue and every available resourse should be mobilised to ensure patient safety. I presume it is realised that extra resources are needed to manage this 'difficult and complicated issue'. But as I often say, 'One should never assume anything'! Good luck anyway.

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