When a monitor staff observes a patient starting to inch closer to the edge of the bed or views a patient reaching for an item too far away, the monitor staff initiates a call to the nurse, while engaging the patient to let he/she know that a nurse is on the way to assist them. They encourage the patient to stay in bed so as to remain safe.
The monitoring staff enters data into that specific patient’s adverse event reporting system, and documents the fall as an averted situation and notes the interaction.
As a result, the AvaSure data collected enables you to measure:
Beyond an overall fall rate, you can collect the following data, trended monthly/quarterly, and annually:
All data elements paint the picture of your organization’s safety net. Importantly, data elements 3, 4 and 5 provide you with valid and reliable data that only AvaSure’s ORNA® database can deliver. This is a true measure of vigilance and rapidity of response to urgent or emergent patient safety situations.
To capture the true safety net of early detection and timely workforce response with comparative ease and accuracy is very exciting! For each the “early detection of an at-risk situation,” AvaSure’s ORNA® database enables data collection of the risk factor that was mitigated/eliminated because of each detection and near immediate staff response (an average response of 13 seconds).
For those using the new software and ORNA®, please share with us your experience with measuring prevented adverse events. For those who are not, I have a simple question: What are you waiting for?
Pat Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, principal of Nurse Consultant, LLC, AvaSure board member