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All the long term care facilities I have worked for used bed and chair alarms on those individuals with unsteady gaits, or those who are confused to help prevent falls. The quality assurance nurses from one of the facilities reviewed the evidence-based research that showed there was no change in fall rates when alarms are used, and fall rates did decrease once we stopped using alarms. I feel the staff was more alert to these patients once there were alarms to depend on. I can see this helping in the med/Surg unit of the hospital I work because the alarms they use are very sensitive
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  • Spring '18
  • Pook Carson
  • Long Term Care Facilities

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