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Running Head: SAFETY, QUALITY, AND INFORMATICS1Safety, Quality, and InformaticsCourtney MelsonCapella UniversityNursing Capstone ProjectOctober, 2018
SAFETY, QUALITY, AND INFORMATICS 2 IntroductionPatient safety is always one of the biggest concerns of any health care organization and it is our duty as healthcare workers to keep our patients safe with promoting positive outcomes. Thinking about all the many possible patient safety issues that may impact your hospital can be overwhelming. Today we will look closely at patient falls within our organization and how we are addressing this serious patient safety concern. Each year, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the United States fall in a healthcare organization (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, 2013). While not every patient fall is preventable, our healthcare system isshowing that the right mix of innovation, care processes and center can diminish the amount of falls altogether and, all the more critically, the injuries to patients they frequently cause.Patient Safety IssueOne basic issue that patients face in the healthcare setting is genuine damage or deathcoming about because of a fall or other sort of injury. Falls can happen when patients who trulycan't walk on their own try getting out of bed, regularly to go to the bathroom. Persistent fallsincrease time in the hospital, require extra consideration and care, and can result in lastinghandicap. Falls are a typical reason for injury, both inside and outside of health care settings. Asindicated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33% of people olderthan 65 year old fall every year. Injuries that outcome from falls can incorporate bone breaks,unreasonable dying, or even passing (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2018). After,speaking with our patient safety office and chief nursing director I was able to better understandwhat our organization does to prevent falls for our patients. Interestingly noted, our healthcare
SAFETY, QUALITY, AND INFORMATICS 3organization was nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality by TheLeapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital in 2017 (Christus Mother Frances Hospital, 2017).They understand that patient falls pose a great concern to our healthcare organization and haveinstituted standards of care to help prevent falls. Our healthcare staff and providers help patientswhen they need to get up to utilize the bathroom or move around in the facility. Leadership andstaff ensure that the hospital environment is clear of hazards that could cause a fall or otherinjury. Hospital beds are furnished with bed alarms to notify staff if a patient who is in danger offalls attempts to get up on his or her own. Healthcare staff reacts rapidly to these alerts on the offchance that they go off. It is also protocol that patients are assessed on admission for a fall riskstatus. Those patients are then moved closer to the nursing station if room is available. Our