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In addition to this, a decrease in the time nurses getsto spend with patients deprive nurses the opportunity to monitor patients in order to reduce falls.In other cases, patients are heavily sedated contributing to their poor balancing, a state thatsignificantly increases chances of falling. Impact on Work Environment, Quality of Care, and Patient OutcomesThe consequences as a result of patient falls in hospitals are far reaching, not onlyaffecting patient outcomes, but also the hospital work environment and the quality of careprovided to patients. Taking a look at the effects of falls on patient outcomes, hospital falls havebeen an inhibiting factor to fast recovery of patients in hospitals. In this regard, patients who are2
CAPSTONE PROJECT TOPIC SELECTIONvictims of falls often end up being injured contributing to their health problems (Singh, Okeke,& Edwards, 2015). For example, patients who have recently undergone surgery fall and getinjured in the specific wounds before the wounds heal. This prolongs their recovery time hence lengthening their stay in the hospital. Shiftinggears to quality of care provided, hospital falls are a subtracting factor to quality of care given topatients in hospitals. Hospital falls are a pointer of lack of safety for inpatients. This significantlyaffects the reputation of hospitals with high number of falls (Franck et al., 2017). The effects ofhospital falls on work environment are centered on the compromise of patient safety during theirstay in the hospital. Pertinent to this, the work environment is rendered unsafe for patients having