Fall Safety Risks Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals

1784 WordsNov 11, 20158 Pages
Fall Safety Risks in Nursing Homes and Hospitals Frankie Farrant NU 322 11/11/15 Fall Safety Risks in Nursing Homes and Hospitals Falls are easily one of the biggest safety risks to any patient in acute or chronic care. Falls themselves can result in secondary problems that can change a patient’s life and every precaution should be taken to prevent falls in the first place, no matter where care is being given. Many precautions and plans have been made by many different types of health professionals to help assess and prevent the risks and decrease the probability of falls. The majority of the patients in hospitals and acute and chronic care centers are a fall risk and their safety is top priority. Increased education and implementation of fall safety will help nursing staff provide better care for their patients. If the same type of precautions, education, and care were given in every facility, the amount of falls could decrease dramatically. Hospitals are prime examples of a facility that makes fall safety one of their top priorities (Neiman, 2011). In centers like nursing homes and long term care facilities, the nursing staff can become less vigilant about implementing fall safety plans to their highest potential. The differences are little, but have a significant impact on the likelihood of a patient falling. The same risks are everywhere. Patients who are weak from their disease and medications or have impaired mobility have a higher chance of
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