For the 11.6 million older people living in the UK, falls represent a major problem with 6 people falling every single minute. 40% of people who suffer from a fall are left with a moderate or extensive injury.
Falls related injuries cost the NHS nearly £2.2 billion per year, with each fall costing the NHS ~ £7.5k. It’s estimated by the end of 2020, 1000 people per day will be admitted to hospital due to a fall. With 40% of hospital admissions from care homes occurring as a result of a fall, falls prevention represents a huge challenge for care homes across the UK.
Safe Steps is a digital falls risk assessment tool, designed to reduce the number of falls in care homes. Based on NICE guidelines, Safe Steps allows care homes to proactively implement a review process whereby vulnerable residents can be identified, receive appropriate care and thus reduce their risk of falling.
The progressive web app uses a dynamic set of assessment questions to create individual, personalised care plans. Co-created with care professionals, Safe Steps provides a consistent way for care organisations to implement a falls prevention strategy and adhere to Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulatory requirements.
Accessed via a secure, cloud based app – Safe Steps provides a digital audit trail for CQC reporting requirements and reduces the amount of paperwork created in a care home.
Research by Cochrane UK has proven how effective management of falls prevention measures can reduce the number falls by up to 25% and offer a good return on investment.
Adopting Safe Steps as part of a falls prevention strategy provides a uniform approach which can reduce the number of preventable falls in care homes, in turn relieving demand on the NHS.
Safe Steps is one of four innovative companies selected to help improve care in the NHS as part of the Greater Manchester Digital Health Accelerator.
As part of the programme the company has already engaged with the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative and the Falls and Frailty teams within Health Innovation Manchester. An evaluation of the technology is currently underway in Bolton involving in excess of 25 care homes.
To find out more contact Kevin Moreton, Greater Manchester Digital Health Accelerator Navigator for Safe Steps.