Review the Implementation Steps with Champions and Nurse Director
Using the Fall TIPS Implementation Checklists (there is one checklist specifically for champions, and another for nurse directors) work with the champions and nurse director to ensure everyone is aware of and understands their roles and the steps involved in implementing Fall TIPS.
Whether using the laminated Fall TIPS posters or printouts from the electronic version of Fall TIPS, they should always be at the patient’s eye level near the communication board, and should always be visible to hospital staff, patients, and patient families.
These resources are accessible online via this website, and they could also be printed and assembled into a binder to have on hand for reference during and after implementation. All contents can be downloaded and printed from the following links:
Fall TIPS Information Sheet for Patients (Spanish)
A one-page guide that explains to patients the importance of fall prevention in the hospital and prompts them to ask their care team about Fall TIPS.
Our team has developed and validated an 11-item Fall Prevention Knowledge Test. We encourage you to use to tool to evaluate your staff’s knowledge before and after using our training resources.
Work with the nurse director to set up a schedule for delivering the Fall TIPS Training presentation to all unit staff. Consider setting up enough sessions to ensure that all staff can attend. Your kickoff date is the date when the Fall TIPS posters will start to be used with patients. This date should ideally occur once 80% of staff have been trained.
Some implementations have benefited from holding a “kick-off week,” where once or twice a day, implementation leaders and champions offer quick in-service training on the units as nursing staff are available.
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