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Falls Resource Team

“Keep a Grasp on Patient Safety”
Increasing the Use of Gait Belts in Acute Care

This presentation is designed for fall prevention team members, nursing leadership, quality specialists and patient safety officers.
The fall prevention committee at an acute care network (1,000 beds) wanted to improve our use of gait belts as an intervention to assist patients during transfers and ambulation to both decrease patient falls and staff injury.  Using the PDSA cycle for quality improvement we piloted (on a 36 bed cardiac medical floor) a means to improve the visibility of the gait belt in the patient room as an intervention to increase staff utilization of gait belts.  The presenters will focus on interventions, outcomes and lessons learned when utilizing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s recommended PDSA cycle.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the impact the use of gait belts can provide for both patient and direct bedside caregiver safety.
  • Illustrate how employing the PDSA cycle for a unit-based quality improvement project aided in positive outcomes and reinforcing an engaged staff.

Posey is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider #15902, and for each session you will receive 1.0 Contact hour. This is a free course and requires no cancellation in the event of non-attendance.

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