Allen, S. C. and Raut, S., 1996. Quality circle teams can reduce falls in rehabilitation wards. Journal of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, 7 (1), pp. 25-27.
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Summary We have studied the effect of ward based Quality Circle (QC) teams on the rate of falls in rehabilitation wards for elderly people. Using information gathered by a continual audit of falls. intervention by these teams resulted in a reduction in the mean fall rate from 13.7 to 9.4 falls per 1000 in-patient days, without compromising rehabilitation aims or extending the mean length of in-patient stay. Partitularly large reductions were observed in falls occurring in the first weelc of rehabilitation from 50.1 to 36.2 falls per 1000 first week patient days (p<0.02); falls around meal times were reduced from 8.2 to 5.7 per 1000 patient days (p< 0.05), and-falls associated with faulty fittings and-furniture were reduced from 9.0 to 0.8 per 1000 patient clays (p<0.02). We have shown that QC teams can use time-place-cause information to adopt ward strategies which reduce the rate of falls on rehabilitation wards for elderly people.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education|
|Deposited By:||Prof Stephen Allen|
|Deposited On:||05 Mar 2010 08:19|
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