In addition to this a decrease in the time nurses gets to spend with patients

In addition to this a decrease in the time nurses

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In addition to this, a decrease in the time nurses gets to 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 that significantly increases chances of falling. Impact on Work Environment, Quality of Care, and Patient Outcomes The consequences as a result of patient falls in hospitals are far reaching, not only affecting patient outcomes, but also the hospital work environment and the quality of care provided to patients. Taking a look at the effects of falls on patient outcomes, hospital falls have been an inhibiting factor to fast recovery of patients in hospitals. In this regard, patients who are 2
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CAPSTONE PROJECT TOPIC SELECTION victims 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 get injured in the specific wounds before the wounds heal. This prolongs their recovery time hence lengthening their stay in the hospital. Shifting gears to quality of care provided, hospital falls are a subtracting factor to quality of care given to patients in hospitals. Hospital falls are a pointer of lack of safety for inpatients. This significantly affects the reputation of hospitals with high number of falls (Franck et al., 2017). The effects of hospital falls on work environment are centered on the compromise of patient safety during their stay in the hospital. Pertinent to this, the work environment is rendered unsafe for patients having
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