Florida mobile podiatric care provider KG Health Partners Inc. (KGHP) recently unveiled a new safety plan during the Florida Health Care Association Nurse Leadership Program in the city of St. Pete Beach.
Officially entitled Safety & Risk Prevention (S&RP) Process Improvement Plan (PIP), KG Health’s program helps long-term care facilities up their performance through coordination of patient care, data assessment and implementation of best practices.
Because falls account for over 700,000 hospitalizations annually for senior citizens, the S&RP PIP specifically focuses on fall risk assessment and prevention.
To prevent falls, the improvement plan relies on a triple tactic comprised of patient risk evaluation, physical facility assessment and staff training.
"The goal is to promote collaboration at all levels of the organization, fostering a culture of care coordination and educating leaders and staff regarding the effective participation in performance improvement activities," Dr. Mathew Westerfield, KGHP's medical director, said. "All three facets of this program combine to create a cost-effective channel for educating and informing clinical staffs on best practices to improve care quality and residents' quality of life."
Dr. Westerfield added that training must be conducted in a way so as not to interfere with daily operations. "Our curriculum is designed to speed the adoption of best practices while ensuring the best interests of both residents and caregivers," he said.
Aptly located in Safety Harbor, KGHP has delivered hands-on, personalized treatment to long-term care residents since 1999.