Ward G6 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital cares for people with a wide variety of medical conditions who require admission to an acute hospital. The ward environment has been specially developed to cater better for people with delirium and dementia.
The recent acquisition of three RITA Reminiscence Interactive Therapy/Activity systems has enabled the ward to reduce falls and reduce 1-1 support. One particular patient benefitted from the person-centred content, as she no longer puts herself on the floor, which had been a regular occurrence.
The ward used RITA for an average of 12 hours per day.
Falls Reduction of 60%
In August 2020 Ward G6 at Addenbrooke's Hospital initiated a falls prevention project in which RITA was applied as a tool to support the initiative. On average ward G6 had been experiencing 5 falls a month in the months leading up to August which was the month in which RITA was deployed on the ward. The result of applying RITA in this setting saw a 60% reduction in falls in the month of August.
“Admission to Hospital results in a significant change of environment and routine for a person with cognitive impairment and this can lead to negative behaviours as the attempt to gain control over these changes. Falls in hospital among patients who have cognitive impairment are generally linked to these negative behaviours: agitation, aggression, poor sleep patterns, poor oral intake etc. Providing some level of comfort and familiarity through the use of RITA can not only introduce some level of normality but also give back a level of control: they can choose the music they like, the films or TV programmes they remember or play games that are familiar. By allowing patients to feel more settled and in control in the hospital environment then negative behaviour is reduced and this in turn leads to a reduction in falls.”
Debra Quartermaine - Falls Prevention Coordinator