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Tool 5C: Measuring Progress Checklist

Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care

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Background: This tool can be used to monitor progress on your fall prevention efforts.

Reference: Developed by Falls Toolkit Research Team.

How to use this tool: The Implementation Team leader (or individual designated by the leader) should complete the checklist.

Use this tool to ensure you have not skipped any essential steps in your fall prevention efforts.

Measuring Progress

Measuring fall rates
Staff know definition of fall and definition of injurious fall 
Management culture rewards full reporting of falls 
Fall rates (e.g., falls per 1,000 occupied bed days) are calculated 
Fall rates are monitored at least quarterly, preferably monthly 
Information on rates is disseminated to key stakeholders and staff 
Root cause analysis is conducted for each fall with at least moderate level of injury 
Measuring key processes of care
Fall risk factor assessment is performed within 24 hours of admission 
Care plan addressing every deficit on fall risk factor assessment has been developed and is being implemented 

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Current as of January 2013
Internet Citation: Tool 5C: Measuring Progress Checklist: Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care. January 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/injuries/fallpxtoolkit/fallpxtk-tool5c.html