This story appears on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute website.

Safety is a priority for the Saskatoon Health Region. The Canadian Falls Prevention Audit Month helped the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) learn what quality improvement was needed for their fall reduction strategy. Throughout the Saskatoon Health Region safety measures are working well to prevent injuries from a fall, however there are gaps in screening and understanding risk factors, and how to incorporate those components into a safety plan for individual patient and residents.

Daphne Kemp

Daphne Kemp

Daphne Kemp, the Regional Falls Reduction and Injury Prevention Coordinator, wanted to demonstrate how standard work could enhance quality improvement and address those gaps. Daphne could make recommendations from a macro level as she knew what was happening from chart reviews, but needed that validity to support improvements and move things forward. She started looking for an audit tool that was best practice, aligned with their strategy, and could be spread across the entire health region. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Falls Prevention and Injury Reduction Audit tool was the perfect fit.  “We liked the questions, the tool and the information it would provide for us,” says Daphne Kemp.

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