CareFall is an interactive e-learning tool for foundation level doctors that has been developed in partnership with consultant geriatricians, junior doctors and the patient safety team at NHS England. The tool covers the knowledge needed to identify and reduce patient and environmental risk factors to assist with reducing inpatient falls.
CareFall: Reducing inpatient falls risks and post fall management
Falls are the most commonly reported type of patient safety incident in healthcare. Around 250,000 patients fall in acute and community hospitals each year (NHS England, National Reporting and Learning System, 2013, 2014) with over 800 hip fractures and about 600 other fractures reported. There were also 130 deaths associated with falls. Although most falls do not result in injury, patients can have psychological and mobility problems as a result of falling.
The CareFall e-learning course consists of two modules - Module 1 for hospital-based nurses and Module 2 for junior doctors - that provide interactive information about patient and environmental falls risk factors, the patient assessment, and post fall management.
Both modules have been designed to complement, not replace, local falls prevention policies and processes.
In order to consolidate the CareFall: Reducing inpatient falls risks and post fall management elearning there is a CareFall workbook to accompany the course (available for download below). The workbook contains further reflection on personal experience and additional case studies to consider.