University of Nebraska Medical Center

CAPTURE Falls Team presents at virtual summit

Vicki Kennel, PhD, Dawn Venema, PhD, and Anne Skinner recently gave an invited presentation at a national conference due to their work on the CAPTURE Falls project. They presented, “Team Learning from Falls: A Safe Table,” at the Patient Safety Evaluation System 2022 Virtual Summit on May 25, 2022. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Hospital Quality Institute and the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Over 200 nurses, administrators, and quality improvement/patient safety professionals from across the country were in attendance.

Dr. Venema said, “We led the group through a case study of a patient who fell during hospitalization, discussing how interprofessional teams work at multiple levels of a hospital organization to reduce the patient’s fall risk and learn about changes that may need to be made throughout the organization to keep future patients safe from falls. The “safe table” format of this presentation means that attendees could confidentially share information to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery while legally protected by the Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.”

CAPTURE Falls is a quality improvement and research initiative for fall-risk reduction for hospitalized patients. This project is currently funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. Over the last decade, they’ve supported 31 critical access hospitals in Nebraska to improve their fall risk reduction practices through the provision of education and consultation, and the management of a secure online fall event reporting system called Know Falls.

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