Rockingham patients on their feet

Group of multi-disciplinary staff on hospital ward
ACRU staff Physiotherapist Jen Nicholson, Nurse Jess Joyce, Occupational Therapist Amy Clissa and A/NUM Joanne Hughes
November 10, 2017

Rockingham General Hospital is showing hard work pays off after receiving their lowest falls rate on record this month, with just two falls in the Aged Care Rehabilitation Unit (ACRU).

Falls are one of the largest causes of harm in older people. Preventing falls is a focus for all hospitals and a key safety and quality indicator set out by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

ACRU A/Nurse Unit Manager Joanne Hughes said the low numbers reflected a lot of hard work by staff.

“This month we have had greater awareness of falls prevention, with fall rates displayed publically on the unit,” Joanne said.

“We also recently implemented environmental changes in patient rooms, including lights fixed on overnight in bathrooms and purpose-designed signage in bathrooms and toilets.”

ACRU is a key member of the falls committee and are halfway into a six month quality improvement project around falls prevention.

The project involves additional investigation immediately after a fall, followed by an investigation and review by the multi-disciplinary team.

Executive Director Kath Smith said she was pleased with the result and hoped the low fall rate could continue.

“It’s great to see that the work we are doing for falls prevention is paying off and reducing harm for our patients,” Kath said.

“Well done to ACRU and all staff involved in this fantastic result.”