As the person responsible for leading the Fall TIPS implementation at your site, your first step is to gain the commitment of hospital leadership.
Learn About Your Hospital’s Governance Structure
Our research has shown the importance of leadership support for robust and sustainable implementation. Therefore this step is key in your Fall TIPS implementation success. Depending on the size and structure of your hospital, you might plan to approach stakeholders including:
Fall Prevention Task Force
Quality and Safety Committee
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Reach Out to Existing Committees to Secure Buy-In
Now that you understand your hospital’s governance structure, begin reaching out to leadership committees relevant to fall prevention and securing buy-in. Our research has shown the important of leadership support for robust and sustainable implementation, therefore this step is key in your Fall TIPS implementation success.
Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Program Gap Analysis
This chart will help you evaluate your current fall prevention protocol’s components and how they compare to the components necessary for Fall TIPS implementation. Upon completion, you will be able to identify which areas of implementation may require the most work.
Fall TIPS SWOT Analysis Form
SWOT stands for “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.” This form is meant to help you identify strengths/weaknesses and how to leverage/address them respectively. Upon completion, you will understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses as you plan implementation.
Fall TIPS Implementation Checklist
This checklist lists the key preparatory activities required for Fall TIPS Implementation. It addresses steps that will be elaborated later on this page, but is helpful for planning purposes and provides foresight. It can be used as a guide throughout the implementation process.
Create a plan to reach out to the relevant committees. The Implementation Guide that follows is based on hospital governance structure where Nursing Practice Committees will be your main point of contact for implementation. In this case, the Nursing Practice Committee is a unit-specific group led by the unit Nurse Director and includes unit-specific clinical nursing staff.