Mount St. Mary's Hospital cited by Healthcare Association for efforts in reducing patient fallsby jmaloni
The Healthcare Association of New York State has cited Mount St. Mary's Hospital for its efforts in reducing falls of patients. The hospital earned nomination for a Pinnacle Award for Quality and Safety specifically for its initiative "Reducing Patient Falls - Purposeful Rounding."
The initiative is led by Mark E. Carl, nursing supervisor/quality improvement coordinator, with work by nurses and nurses' aides in the care of their patients. The overall initiative involves extensive data gathering and study, which has resulted in a significant decline of falls with injuries at Mount St. Mary's.
The result of implementing what was learned from the data was a fall rate of 1.63 per 1,000 patient days, which is below the national average of 3.5 falls per 1,000 patient days. Falls resulting in injuries decreased to a total of two in 2013, also well below the national average for hospitals.