Accreditation – why is ISA relevant?
ISA is a useful tool when a hospital applies for accreditation.
During our product installations and discussions with hospital quality managers, we have been able to form an opinion about fall detection systems and their relevance when hospitals apply for accreditation.
Beyond the Morse Fall Scale
One of the strengths of the ISA system is that it complements the fall prevention mechanisms currently in use, such as the Morse Fall Scale (MFS).
The MFS helps nurses to evaluate fall risk using a criteria grid. ISA allows them to go even further, by identifying the circumstances of the fall and therefore preventing potential future falls. When they replay the fall, the care team can view the patient’s behaviour and gain a better understanding of what has happened (for example, the fact that the patient held on to a moveable piece of furniture).
When an alarm is activated, the staff responds more quickly. If the team is caring for several patients at the same time, it is not easy to keep an eye on everything going on in the department. The alarm enables nurses to come to patients’ aid and provide the care required at the right moment. Not only that – fall detectors enable them to trace adverse events and also to adapt the treatment plan later on.
The concepts of confidentiality and consent are inherent to the ISA fall detection system – for both patients and their families. Patients who are well informed about privacy rights will approach the relationship in a calm way, as will their families.
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