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St. Charles Hospital Stands Against Falls

Rehabilitation facilities often focus on preventing falls on-site, leaving patients unaware of the risks after returning home. St. Charles Hospital surveyed patients three months post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and found that nearly 23% of patients reported a fall within six months of data collection.

Based on these results, rehabilitation professionals developed a new program in October 2015. Patients and their families are taught about the danger of falling in the home as they prepare for discharge from the IRF. Participants arrange specific fall prevention interventions to combat this risk.

Patient-reported falls have been below the facility’s historical average of 22.9% for 11 out of the 12 months since beginning the class. From October 2015 through September 2016, 17.3% of patients reported falling within three months of discharge from IRF, compared to 13.4% of the 387 patients that attended falls class.

For more information, contact Michael Scicchitano, P.T., M.B.A., at michael.scicchitano@chsli.org.