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Fall Prevention 1 Running Head: FALL PREVENTION Fall Prevention Adriana Rodriguez Nova Southeastern University Nursing Practicum NUR3250 Professor Lisa Soontupe April 17, 2008
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Fall Prevention 2 Opportunity for improvement Fall prevention continues to be a major problem in many hospitals. “Falls are the most common injury sustained by hospitalized patients” (Croft & Foraker, 1993). There are many factors that make patient vulnerable to injury . For instance, patients are on a multiple number of medications, in an unfamiliar environment and being put through numerous routine of tests, and procedures which will increase their risk for injury. In addition, many are placed on bed rest which can make them weaker and predispose them to falling. The occurrence of a fall can potentially cause physical injury, add stress on the body and mind level, which can delay recovery. According to Poe, et al (2005), states not only are falls a menace to patient safety, but the occurrence of a fall during hospitalization threatens the effectiveness, efficiency, and timelines of care that is intended to help the patient”. Nurses play a vital role in helping keep the client safe from injury. This author will focus on ways to reduce patient falls by identifying risk factors and implemented appropriate interventions. In additions, the author will make recommendations how to improve the protocol or polices on fall prevention. Validation This author chose to write about fall prevention. This was an issue that arose in her clinical setting. Many of the nurses were not documenting accurately on patients that were at risk for injury due to the amount of work involved with their patients. “The incidence of patient falls is one of the indices of effectiveness in patient care is closely related to the workload of nursing staff” (Hsu, et al, 2004, p170). Some nurses that did document on a client that was at a higher risk for falls however were not following through with hospital protocols to ensure that safety measures were being utilized such as
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Fall Prevention 3 bed alarms or the fall prevention “star” allowed other healthcare provides to know that those patients needed extra attention. Also, documentation for nursing care plans lacked teaching and education about fall prevention to those individuals. Therefore, to address
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