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Prevention of inpatient falls has improved, but further change is needed

Published by HQIP on 22 November 2017:

The Royal College of Physicians National Audit for Inpatient Falls (NAIF) report shows that although prevention of inpatient falls across hospitals in England and Wales has improved slightly many patients are not receiving the required assessments which can help prevent falls in hospitals.

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The report reveals that since 2015, many trusts and Local Health Boards (LHBs) have stopped using ‘falls risk screening/prediction tools’ (drop from 74% in 2015 to 33%). These tools do not sufficiently predict who will fall in hospital and means patients may not be being assessed correctly and therefore at more risk of harm from falling. Everyone over the age of 65  should be regarded  as being at risk of falling in hospital and considered for a multi-factorial falls risk assessment, as recommended by NICE guidelines (CG161).

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