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Student Name: Course: NRS 490V: Professional Capstone and Practicum Due Date: 06/14/2020 Instructor: Ellen Pavela, DNP, RN PICOT Statement Paper Falls are among the most common and serious problems facing older patients living. The frequency of falls and fall-related injuries continues to rise. More than 30% of adults in the United States who are 65 years of age or older fall each year, and older people with dementia experience eight times more falls than those without dementia, with 70–80% of older patients with dementia experiencing a fall per year (DeVol, 2013). Falls are associated with increased mortality and morbidity, reduced functioning, and premature nursing home admissions from the community. The focus of this change project is to implement an hourly rounding protocol and universal fall prevention measures. In my practicum, there is currently no structured fall prevention protocol that ensures universal fall precautions are implemented and that patient safety needs are met. Reducing falls in this facility requires a workforce that is knowledgeable about fall prevention strategies. So, it is crucial that we assess this problem and implement fall prevention protocol that ensures universal fall precautions are implemented and that patient safety needs are met. PICOT Statement
P: Elderly Patients; I: Fall prevention intervention; C: Standard Practice; O: Decrease fall rates in elderly; T: In 10 weeks’ time.

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