Robinson Memorial Hospital was one of ten Ohio hospitals and hospital affiliated organizations awarded grant funding from Ohio Hospital Association Insurance Solutions, Inc. (OHAIS), to reduce the fall rates among patients.
OHAIS sought out applicants from its insured hospitals, physicians and Ohio Hospital Association Holdings, Inc. shareholders, to award funds for projects that improve upon or implement new clinical patient safety policies or procedures, targeted at reducing occurrences or improving outcomes in inpatient or outpatient settings.
“It is a well-known fact that reducing inpatient falls is one of the national patient safety goals, and Robinson Memorial Hospital strives to achieve a zero falls culture with assistance from OHAIS’ grant,” said Cindy Majercik RN, CNS.
The grant will allow Robinson Memorial Hospital to improve upon its Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E. program. The Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E program was created in early 2011 by staff nurses from Robinson’s Fall Prevention Committee, to reduce patient falls and to surpass the national benchmark set by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), as part of the hospital-wide culture of safety initiative. Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E. includes four interventional elements:
S - Strengthening nurse ability to protect patients from falls
U - Unifying nursing unit fall assessment tools and procedures
R - Reproducing results, utilizing evidence-based initiatives
E - Empowering the patient and family to have an active role in fall prevention
Funds from the grant will support the Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E. program by allowing the hospital to obtain and utilize fall management equipment, provide patients and families with teaching resources as it relates to falls and the safety culture and disseminating processes and outcomes of the Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E. program internally and nationally.
“Through a model of shared governance and transformational leadership, these staff nurses took the lead to pave the way for ownership of fall prevention safety initiatives at Robinson Memorial Hospital. The end result has been a solid evidence based program that is already yielding very positive outcomes. We look forward to more positive outcomes from OHAIS’ grant,” said Linda Breedlove, Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO.
The Fall Prevention 4 S.U.R.E. program was recently presented as a virtual poster at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference by means of the OHAIS grant. The conference, held October 2011 in Baltimore, was attended by over 7,700 staff nurses and administrators from across the country and the world.