Preparing patients at high risk of falls for discharge home after rehabilitation: Do we meet the guidelines?
Catherine M Said, Frances Batchelor, Kathryn Shaw, Jannette Blennerhassett
GERIATRICS & GERONTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016
AIM: To determine whether rehabilitation inpatients at high risk of falls receive adequate falls risk assessment, management and handover on discharge as per Australian Best Practice Guidelines. METHODS: Medical records of 121 people who received inpatient rehabilitation were retrospectively screened; records of 50 people discharged home and at high falls risk (fall in last 12 months, fall preceding/during admission) were audited. Data extracted included falls risk identification during rehabilitation and in discharge documentation; falls risk factors assessed; and fall prevention strategies implemented. RESULTS: Discharge documentation correctly identified falls risk for just nine of the 50..View full abstract
Funding for Dr Said's and Ms Shaw's positions was provided to Austin Health by the Victorian Department of Health.