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Preventing Falls: a new strategy for Canadian healthcare

By Tim Sandle     Nov 2, 2014 in Health
Toronto - “Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care” is the title of a new initiative, designed to promote health in Canada among the elderly.
The initiative is a joint collaboration between Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). A new report titled “Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care,” examines falls and falls prevention in acute care, long-term care and home care settings.
The report examines the consequences of falls on individuals and the health care system. Data suggests that falls account for over 85 percent of all injury-related hospitalizations among seniors. Worryingly, falls can result in disability, chronic pain, loss of independence, reduced quality of life, and even death. Moreover, the direct health care costs for fall-related injuries in Canada are estimated at $2 billion annually.
As a result of an aging population, Accreditation Canada, CIHI and CPSI are working to improve falls prevention. Some of the initiatives driving improvements include:
Accreditation Canada’s falls prevention strategy and home safety risk assessment, required in all accredited organizations.
CIHI’s ongoing collection and reporting of falls data, to better inform future prevention efforts.
CPSI’s falls prevention and injury reduction kit, which includes strategies, webinars, and an online reporting system.
Discussing the report, Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada said: “We recognize that falls among seniors are a significant health concern, and that is why falls prevention and injury minimization strategies are part of our accreditation program. “The report provides further evidence that can be used to improve patient safety and reduce injury from falls, thereby contributing to the health of seniors in Canada.”
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care and social services organizations in Canada and around the world.
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