Improving patient safety by reducing falls in hospitals among the elderly

a review of successful strategies

Mohamed Khalifa*

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Abstract

Patient safety is a main dimension of healthcare quality, considering minimizing, reporting, and analyzing incidents that often lead to avoidable adverse effects. Patient falls among the elderly is a common challenge. To explore strategies for preventing patient falls, a review of literature and a qualitative analysis was conducted. Five strategies were identified: Patient and Staff Education; about risk factors and best practices, Patient Exercise; strengthening body muscles and improving balance, Diagnosis and Treatment of Medical Conditions; vision and balance, Enhancing Surrounding Environment; beds, flooring, rails, and passageways, and Using Information Technology; monitor, alarm, and give feedback on falls and risk situations. Many of the multicomponent programs proved to be cost-effective, considering the extended stays, increased complications, and higher costs of caring for injured patients. The utilization of innovative approaches of big data mining to explore reasons, circumstances of falls, and ways of reducing them are recommended through further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth informatics vision
Subtitle of host publicationfrom data via information to knowledge
EditorsJohn Mantas, Arie Hasman, Parisis Gallos, Aikaterini Kolokathi, Mowafa S. Househ, Joseph Liaskos
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages340-343
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999874
ISBN (Print)9781614999867
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event17th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2019 - Atherns, Greece
Duration: 5 Jul 20197 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume262
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2019
CountryGreece
CityAtherns
Period5/07/197/07/19

Keywords

  • Elderly Patients
  • Hospitals
  • Patient Falls
  • Patient Safety
  • Strategies

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    Khalifa, M. (2019). Improving patient safety by reducing falls in hospitals among the elderly: a review of successful strategies. In J. Mantas, A. Hasman, P. Gallos, A. Kolokathi, M. S. Househ, & J. Liaskos (Eds.), Health informatics vision: from data via information to knowledge (pp. 340-343). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 262). Amsterdam: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI190088