Quality circle teams can reduce falls in rehabilitation wards
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Authors: Allen, S.C. and Raut, S.
Journal: Journal of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society
Summary We have studied the effect of ward based Quality Circle (QC) teams on the rate of falls in rehabilitation wards for elderly people. Using information gathered by a continual audit of falls. intervention by these teams resulted in a reduction in the mean fall rate from 13.7 to 9.4 falls per 1000 in-patient days, without compromising rehabilitation aims or extending the mean length of in-patient stay. Partitularly large reductions were observed in falls occurring in the first weelc of rehabilitation from 50.1 to 36.2 falls per 1000 first week patient days (p<0.02); falls around meal times were reduced from 8.2 to 5.7 per 1000 patient days (p< 0.05), and-falls associated with faulty fittings and-furniture were reduced from 9.0 to 0.8 per 1000 patient clays (p<0.02). We have shown that QC teams can use time-place-cause information to adopt ward strategies which reduce the rate of falls on rehabilitation wards for elderly people.