Improving Patient 's Safety Investigating Risk Factors For Falls

1694 Words Oct 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Older adults living in long-term care facilities fall frequently and the rate will continue to increase. The purpose of this paper is to improve patient’s safety examining risk factors for falls using evidence based practice research studies. The studies suggested that falls are associated with many factors like impairments, medication, lack of exercise, and nursing intervention. Strategies for implementation of a fall prevention are listed, along with current nursing practice. Another essential step is to have a completed risk assessment of resident upon admission, modification of the environment assessment and implementing strategies to identified any potential risks.

Introduction Preventing falls and injuries have consistently becoming an ongoing challenge in long-term care facilities. Falls related injuries happen frequently and repeatedly that can cause serious injuries and impact the quality of life. These injuries may lead to loss of independence, injuries, and even death. In adults age 65 and older, unintentional injuries represent the fifth leading cause of death and 66% of these deaths are fall related (Rubenstein, 2006). However, the surrounding alone is insufficient to cause falls, but other factors play a part like medication, cognitive impairment, poor balance, and lack of nursing intervention. Primary care providers must aim to reduce the fall rate and promote resident safety. There should be a continuing communication where nurses…

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