Archive for August 3rd, 2010

August 3, 2010

NAHC releases new best practices for falls prevention

From NAHC:

The Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign has released a Best Practice Intervention Package that addresses best practices associated with fall prevention. While some of the information will be familiar to agencies, many of the resources are new. Specifically, the package incorporates guidelines from the 2010 publication of the American Geriatric Society, the British Geriatric Society Clinical Practice Guidelines: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons.

The Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) aims to provide home care leaders with guidance in selecting best practices for the development of proactive fall prevention programs. In addition, the BPIP provides clinicians with tools and resources to assist them in assessing fall risk and implementing fall prevention strategies.
The Fall Prevention BPIP includes:

  • Fall Prevention Information for Leadership,
  • Suggested Timeline for BPIP,
  • Focus on Fall Prevention,
  • Checklist for Agency Leadership (Select interventions),
  • Tools and Resources,
  • Links to Success Stories,
  • Organizational Culture, and
  • Physician Perspective.

All participants in the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign can download the fall prevention BPIP for free from
HHQI has released two other BPIPs: one on introduction and fundamentals of reducing avoidable hospitalizations; and one on improving management of oral medications.

(Best Practices Information Prepared by the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign.)