126 days and counting – OBS is a “no fall” zone!

126 days and counting – OBS is a “no fall” zone!

A whiteboard posted on the unit helps motivate the staff and is a record of their success.

As of today, the Observation Unit has gone 126 days without a patient fall. How did we do it? Here are some of our strategies:

Whiteboard: Evidence Based Practice has shown that using a display board reflecting the number of days since the last fall is effective in fall prevention on nursing units. In February, just after our last fall, we hung a whiteboard

Drive: Many of our staff are quite competitive. As the number on our whiteboard gets higher and higher, it helps to keep us motivated!

Teamwork: When a bed alarm sounds on the OBS unit, you will see many nurses and patient care technicians scurrying into the room.

Bed Alarms: We use bed alarms on many of our patients who are at risk for falls. Signs posted in the rooms ask, “Please reset the bed alarm.”

Sacrificed scrubs: While helping an unsteady patient up and to the commode one night, there was a very tricky moment where I had to perform some David Copperfield magic to prevent a fall. Along with thinking of the patient’s safety, I was thinking of that white board. The patient didn’t quite make it to the bathroom in time and I had to throw those scrub bottoms out—however, my patient was safe.  

Slips, trips, and flips? Not on OBS. Way to go, OBS team!

-Jen Herzig, BSN, RN

1 comment

  1. Posted by Lil Banchero, at Reply

    This is an awesome accomplishment. This doesn’t happen by itself but from team work and making patient safety the number one OBS goal. Thank you all for a job well done!!!

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