Slips, Trips and Falls: Prepare for the Unexpected at Your Hospital

With Randal Wilkerson

Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace and at home. In 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77.5 percent of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in a hospital setting were due to slips, trips and falls.

As an insurance provider, the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange, understands the real injury and true cost of a fall. Sometimes these are scrapes and sprains. Others are more serious, and include fractures of the wrists or ankles. Then there are those that result in hip or shoulder fractures, and probably the most serious, head injuries. Statistics show that as we age, our reflexes degrade and we are at a higher risk of falling when we lose our balance or trip over and object. For individuals over the age of 65, head injuries and the associated complications that often follow, are a leading cause of death.

These are just a handful of ways that hospitals can help prevent slips, trips and falls. But underlying each is the need for communication among the hospital team. Ensure all levels of staff share their observations, know who they can contact, and then take action when needed to improve the safety of the facility. After all, preventing an injury is the goal. Contact one of our risk management professionals at riskmanagement@thie.com 

Bill Aston Award for Quality: Rural

Rankin County Hospital District is the recipient of the 2017 Bill Aston Award for Quality in recognition of its initiative to provide each patient with accessible, effective, efficient and safe care. The hospital is achieving these goals through the implementation of its quality assessment performance improvement plan, which includes three quality and performance elements that will improve health outcomes and reduce medical errors. 
In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began integrating quality assurance and performance improvement plans to better access quality assurance deficiencies and the steps taken to improve performance. Rankin County Hospital District’s QAPI plan is focused on reducing hospital readmissions, improving the use of antibiotics and implementing a patient education program. 
The hospital is reducing readmissions by enhancing post-discharge communications, which will reduce unnecessary return visits. To improve the use of antibiotics, the hospital is monitoring antibiotic resistance in urinary tract infection cultures and monitoring the number of antibiotic prescriptions filled in the pharmacy. The third focus, which includes implementing a patient education program, includes a monthly newsletter, health and wellness classes and patient forums.

Adam Willmann's Q & A with the Rural Monitor

Adam Willmann, CEO and President, Goodwall-Witcher Hospital Authority and T.H.I.E. board member, participated in a Young Rural Healthcare Leader Q & A series with Kay Miller Temple, MD of The Rural Monitor. Read the article here.

Complying with the new Do Not Resuscitate Statute

Jackson & Carter, PLLC provides information regarding complying with Senate Bill 11 also known as the DNR Statute that takes effect on April 1, 2018.  Also included in the legal update is guidance regarding texting of patient information among healthcare providers.  Get the update here.

Construction underway at Nocona General Hospital

a $3.5 million renovation project has begun that will provide expanded patient rooms, a new entrance and nurse's station at Nocona.  Phase one of two is expected to be the larger project and is expected to be done later this spring.  You can read more here.

Boatright Named to Prestigius Rural Hospital CEO List


Congratulations to THIE Board Member Donna Boatright, RN. The Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital administrator was named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEO’s to Know” in Becker’s Hospital Review. Boatright has served as administrator of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, located in Sweetwater, since 2009. According to Becker’s listing, “She started her career at the hospital as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit in 1977, just a year after the hospital first opened. Ms. Boatright managed the hospital's project to have 100 percent of patients' medical records computerized. In addition to leading Rolling Plains, Ms. Boatright is president-elect of the Texas Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is on the board of several other professional and community organizations.”