Prevention Of Errors And Adverse Effects On Patients That Are Associated With Health Care

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Background Patient safety, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the “prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients that are associated with health care” (WHO, 2013). Of the many patient safety issues, falls are the most commonly documented undesirable and avoidable event during hospitalization (Quigley & White, 2013). The severity of injury sustained from the inpatient fall is categorized as follows; minor: injury that results in the application of a dressing, ice, cleaning of a wound, limb elevation, or topical medication; moderate: injury that results in suturing of a wound, steri-strips, splinting, or fracture; major: injury that results in casting, traction, or surgery; death: loss of life as result of a fall. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2013) tell us that inpatient falls in the United States is somewhere in between 700,000 to 1,000,000 per year and that according to research, one third of these falls can be prevented. According to The Joint Commission, the average expenditure for an inpatient fall with sustained injuries is approximately $14,000 per each fallen patient (Brooks, 2015). The purpose of this Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plan is to establish the best evidence-based practice in the prevention of patient falls by implementing specific interventions in an effort to achieve effective and measurable goals and evaluate the progress of said goals within a timely manner. Plan Patient falls are preventable

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