Governance and systems for preventing falls

10.1.1 Policies, procedures and/or protocols are in use that are consistent with best practice guidelines (where available) and incorporate screening and assessment tools

10.1.2 The use of policies, procedures and/or protocols is regularly monitored

10.2.1 Regular reporting, investigating and monitoring of falls incidents is in place

10.2.2. Administrative and clinical data are used to monitor and investigate regularly the frequency and severity of falls in the health service organisation

10.2.3 Information on falls is reported to the highest level of governance in the health service organisation.

10.2.4 Action is taken to reduce the frequency and severity of falls in the health service organisation

10.3.1Quality improvement activities are taken to prevent falls and minimise patient harm

10.4.1 Equipment and devices are available to implement prevention strategies for patients at risk of falling and management plans to reduce the harm from falls

Screening and assessing risks of falls and harm from falling

10.5.1 A best practice screening tool is used by the clinical workforce to identify the risk of falls

10.5.2 Use of the screening tool is monitored to identify the proportion of at-risk patients that were screened for falls

10.5.3 Action is taken to increase the proportion of at-risk patients who are screened for falls upon presentation and during admission

10.6.1 A best practice assessment tool is used by the clinical workforce to assess patients at risk of falling

10.6.2 The use of the assessment tool is monitored to identify the proportion of at-risk patients with a completed falls assessment

10.6.3 Action is taken to increase the proportion of at-risk patients undergoing a comprehensive falls risk assessment

Preventing falls and harm from falls

10.7.1 Use of best practice multifactorial falls prevention and harm minimisation plans is documented in the patient clinical record

10.7.2 The effectiveness and appropriateness of the falls prevention and harm minimisation plan are regularly monitored

10.7.3 Action is taken to reduce falls and minimise harm for at-risk patients

10.8.1Discharge planning includes referral to appropriate services, where available

Communicating with patients and carers

10.9.1 (D) Patient information on falls risks and prevention strategies is provided to patients and their carers in a format that is understood and meaningful

10.10.1 (D) Falls prevention plans are developed in partnership with patients and carers

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.