INQRI grantee Patti Dykes, Blackford Middleton, and their team are committed to making consumers more aware of the problem of falls in hospitals. To educate patients and families about how they can work with nurses and other providers to prevent falls, the team developed a consumer website entitled, “Falls TIPS” (Falls: Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety). The site is available through the Partners Health System webpage.
A team led by Patti Dykes and Blackford Middleton has created a tool designed to prevent patient falls by translating an individual patient's fall risk assessment into a decision support intervention that communicates fall risk status, and creates a tailored plan that is accessible to care team members (including patients and family members). The team constructed the Fall Prevention Toolkit (FPTK), and conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine whether the FPTK led to a decrease in the incidence of patient falls and a decrease in the incidence of patient falls with injury.