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Literature Search Falls can be related to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are disorders, mental problems anything that is preventable through health. Extrinsic factors are made up of environmental things such as spills, rugs, and cluttered areas. All falls are important and it’s evenmore important to understand the causes. Morse falls scale is very important and our hospital uses this scale for every patient that is admitted to the hospital. Medical errors are another way falls can occur. Nurses or even ancillary staff may forget to give a patient a call light and patient may have to use the restroom and attempt to get up and fall. Making sure that the patient has worked with physical therapy and communication has been documented and transcribed accurately. Identifying those at risk allows targeted assessment and intervention such as a review of medications and environmental modifications (BMC Medicine, 2004).Falls can be very costly towards everyone’s pockets and also their health. Prolonged hospital and even injuries such as fractures and death can occur if proper precautions are not in place. Liabilities can also occur which can cost the hospital more funds than actually receiving toimprove better care. Consequently, various hospitals falls, prevention programs have been implemented in the last decades (BMC Health Services Research, 2006). Coming up with reasoning to why a person fall is the leading answer to the problem. Every patient is different and their reasons are going to be different as well so making sure that the proper assessment is given then falls should be prevented. 5
IMPROVING A FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM Literature Evaluation Information that was collected from journals and articles to help promote fall preventionsin an inpatient facility has been very beneficial. There are so many issues that can relate to falls such as bad lightening, shoes are not flat, irregular eye exams and even clothing that’s not fittingappropriately can help with falls. Understanding the causes of falls is very important and factual.The older population tends to have a higher risk for falls then that of the youth population. Falls also occur often among older people in hospital and the sickly ill patients. Our hospital uses the Morse Falls scale to assess every patient that is admitted into our doors which is part of a detail assessment of the patient. Medical errors are another way falls can occur which is caused by either shortage of nurses, work overload or even lack of education. Nurses or even ancillary staffmay have times where they may not give the patient a call light and then the patient may attempt to get up and fall which can lead to death or even broken bones. It’s also relevant that patients have worked with ancillary staff such as physical therapy and other therapies that play a role in activities of daily living. Communication is very important and vital information that has to be documented and transcribed accurately; if not, then many errors can occur. There are many