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Authors

  1. Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Jansen, Lynn S. PhD, RN
  3. Okpalauwaekwe, Udoka MBBS, MPH
  4. Khasnabish, Srijesa BA
  5. Andreas, Brenda BSW
  6. Dykes, Patricia C. PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Abstract

Background: Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations and deaths among older adults globally.

 

Local problem: About 24% of Canadian nursing home residents fall annually. This quality improvement project evaluated the impact of the Fall Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety (TIPS) program on preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older adult nursing home residents in a subacute care unit in Canada.

 

Methods: We used the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) 2.0 guidelines for reporting. The intervention site is a 15-bed subacute care unit within a government-funded nursing home.

 

Intervention: The Fall TIPS program was adapted to a nursing home setting to prevent falls. It provides fall prevention clinical decision support at the bedside.

 

Results: The rates of falls and injuries decreased after implementing the Fall TIPS intervention.

 

Conclusion: Engaging nursing home older adult residents in fall prevention is crucial in translating evidence-based fall prevention care into clinical practice.