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My topic was–> Is there a significant difference in the number of patient falls in the hospital setting for units that utilize a falls prevention assessment tool as compared to the number of patient falls in the hospital setting for units that do not utilize a falls prevention assessment tool?
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Patients experiencing falls in a hospital setting is a big and a devastating problem for patients, nurses and other health care providers. It can lead to severe injury to the patient and increase their stay at the hospital as well as can lead to big financial loss for the hospital as well. I think that many times patients experience falls during their at the hospital due to poor assessment skills when it comes to identifying patients that are at risk for fall. Also, there is a knowledge gap between nurses when it comes to communication about the fall risks patients therefore at times the needed fall precautions arenâ€™t taken by every nurse during every shift.
Nurses are responsible for majority of the care for their patients. Due to having to care for multiple patients, there are certain tools that the nurse can use when a patient is admitted to determine the risk of falls for a patient and take the appropriate measures as needed. These tools are important and necessary to be able to decrease falls and help nurses prioritize their care for their patients.
There are many different ways to predict and assess falls. The prediction and fall prevention assessment can be a complex process. There are several fall prevention tools that have been invented to guide nurses in making an accurate assessment to take the needed precautionary and preventive measures. Some of the tools that have been used are the Hendrich II Fall Scale, Morse Fall Scale and Hester Davis Fall Risk Assessment (Hester & Davis, 2013). With the use of these tools if the patient scores high for a risk of fall the nurse can then incorporate bed alarms, chair exit alarms, using fall precaution sign to warn other health care providers etc. The use of these tools can help decrease the chances of falls by having an accurate and focused assessment.
There is more research needed to determine which fall prevention tool is more successful in identification of patients that are at risk for fall. These tools need to be concise and detailed and include several factors to determine patients that are at risk.