Monash reduced patient falls by enlisting volunteer sitters
Categories: Nursing, Innovation |
Author: Matt Stewart
Posted: 26/09/2014 |
When reviewing data, the nursing team at Monash Medical
Centre realised that a disproportionate amount of patient falls was happening
between 10am and 2pm. They decided to address this by engaging volunteers who
donate their time to recovering patients.
At The Health Roundtable’s recent Nursing Improvement Group
meeting on September 18/19 2014, the Monash Medical Centre team demonstrated
their innovation to decrease the number of falls for high risk patients, while
increasing social interaction and participation in activities. Although
volunteer recruitment and retention can be challenging, this can be improved
through training, support and team inclusion.
Since implementing the “Safe Activity Volunteer Pilot”,
Monash Medical Centre reports that there have been no patient falls whilst in
the company of a volunteer. This has resulted in a 43% and 26% reduction in
overall falls on the two wards where this has been piloted.
Monash Medical Centre and other participating hospital’s
innovation presentations are available to HRT members by clinking here.
To find out more about these and other innovations from this
meeting, please email [email protected]