Caloundra Private Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Comprehensive care indicators

Falls

The risk of falling increases according to age; with data suggesting that one third of people over the age of 65 years have one or more falls a year. Falls can occur at all ages, though the frequency and severity of fall-related injuries increases significantly with age. These injuries can include minor skin abrasions, joint dislocation, fractures and head injuries. These injuries may result in hospitalisation or an increased length of stay in hospital.

The risk of falling can greatly increase when admitted to hospital due to a range of factors including: illness and unsteadiness, adapting to a new environment, the introduction of new medications and walking in unsafe footwear or slippers.

What Ramsay Health Care does to reduce your risk

In 2015, Ramsay Health Care increased the focus on falls prevention in hospitals by appointing a National Falls Prevention Advisory Group. This group has standardised the approach to falls prevention across all Ramsay hospitals by targeting a structured risk assessment, policy and guidelines, equipment for falls prevention and clinical staff education.
Our hospitals use a number of strategies to prevent falls and these include: targeted hourly rounding of patients identified as high risk of falling; ensuring that call bells and personal items are within patient reach; call bells are answered promptly, and patients are assisted to the toilet at regular intervals. In addition, Ramsay Health Care has purchased low beds, falls mats, and patient alarms to minimise the risk of patients falling whilst in our hospitals.

What you can do to reduce your risk

Falls can be a major cause of injury.  We want to protect you from a fall during your hospital stay and you can help by:

  • Becoming familiar with your surroundings
  • Get to know how the bed controls work and how to use the call bell – if you cannot reach it, ask your nurse to move it within your reach
  • If you need help, use the call bell to alert staff
  • Wear supportive, flat, non-slip shoes – do not walk around in socks or pressure stockings (TED stockings)
  • If you use glasses, hearing aids, a walking stick or walker, keep them in easy reach by the bedside, use the call bell to ask staff to assist you
  • Make sure your bed height is appropriate for you to get in and out of – if your bed is too high ask the nurse to adjust it for you
Falls indicators are reported as a percentage of all patient days during the period. Ramsay Health Care participates in the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Clinical Indicator Program and use their definitions for these indicators. The indicators are calculated by dividing the number of inpatient falls that meet the indicator criteria by number of days for all patients who were admitted.

Patient Falls (Lower score is better)

Medications

Medicines are commonly used to treat a variety of conditions in the healthcare setting, and therefore, it is important to measure the risk of errors. Ramsay Health Care has a very low rate of medication errors due to its implementation of a range of medication safety strategies.

What Ramsay Health Care does to reduce your risk

Ramsay Health Care takes all medication errors very seriously. We encourage staff to report all medication errors as incidents, no matter how minor they may seem. All medication incidents are investigated and actioned and any serious medication incidents are investigated thoroughly and monitored by Ramsay’s National Clinical Governance Unit.
In addition, Ramsay Health Care has medication administration policies and processes in place which have been developed using best practice principles.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has introduced safety initiatives for medication administration and reconciliation and Ramsay Health Care has adopted these strategies. This includes the National Inpatient Medication Chart which standardises the documentation on how medicines are prescribed and ordered. Adoption by Ramsay Health Care of the User-Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines recommendations has assisted in preventing medication errors related to the wrong route, dose or medication being administered.

What you can do to reduce your risk

We encourage you to be involved in the management of your medicines, if you have any concerns please discuss this with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

It is important during your stay with us that we know what medicines you are taking. Our doctors, pharmacists and nurses will ask you about the medications you take at home, including any complementary or alternative therapy medicines, for example vitamins, nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines, Chinese or Ayurvedic medicines and Australian indigenous medicines. 

It is important you advise the staff of any allergies you have experienced or any reactions you have had to medicines taken in the past.

The serious medication error indicator is reported as a percentage of all patient days during the period. Ramsay Health Care participates in the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Clinical Indicator Program and use their definitions for this indicator. It is calculated by dividing the number of patients who require medical intervention as a result of a medication safety incident by number of days for all patients who were admitted.

Serious medication errors (A lower rate is better)