The fall detector – a tool to help manage the quality of hospital care
Hospital accreditation is not always a simple process. Installing a fall detector allows hospitals to comply with certain JCI standards (Joint Commission International).
Use ISA to reduce risks
The IPSG, or International Patient Safety Goals, are the JCI’s system of reference: their goal is to reduce the risk of injuries and are based on six objectives and a set of metrics. The intention is to reduce the risk of injuries among fall victims. When a hospital installs an ISA fall detector, the device’s functionalities help it to reduce falls and thereby meet the stated goal.
The fall detector establishes an exhaustive register of falls. The care team can visualise the falls and thereby evaluate the risk of them occurring again. This enables them to understand what caused the fall.
Moreover, ISA monitors patients continuously: close surveillance ensures that an alert is issued when patients leave their beds and prevents any dangerous situation for patients confined strictly to bed or at an increased risk of falling (if, for example, they have an unstable hip).
Analysis of risk factors
ISA enables carers to visualise and revisualise falls. In this way, the care team can identify the extrinsic risks to patients (room configuration) and also the intrinsic ones (balance, risk-taking…). Another useful functionality is actigraphy. Any change in sleeping habits is analysed by ISA and contributes to the evaluation of treatment.
Informing patients about their rights
The PFR standard, on the other hand, focuses on the rights of patients and their families. Numerous questions arise with regard to the installation of fall detectors in rooms. How is privacy respected? Is the data that is collected sensitive from a GDPR perspective?
A number of tools are available to reply to these questions:
The information booklet, a document that is suitable for and accessible to all types of audiences, supported by illustrations. It can be downloaded here.
Tools for the medical staff to be used during training sessions. We use our experience, among other things, to provide guidance to nurses to help them obtain consent.
A comprehensive memorandum on how the data that has been collected is managed.