Reducing Risk Of Patient Harm From Falls

1319 WordsApr 20, 20166 Pages
A fall can be described as an unplanned, uncontrollable decline to the floor. Falls resulting in injury can have a devastating outcome on quality of life, as well as mortality and an extended hospital stay. Even though falls may be preventable, The Joint Commission (2015), states that serious injuries result from falls are among the Top 10 sentinel events reported. Injuries that result in injury can cost a health care facility $14,000.00; once a patient has fallen in an acute care setting the length of stay is extended by 6.3 days (The Joint Commission, [TJC], 2015). Medicare no longer reimburses hospitals for injuries caused by falls; the hospital consumes the cost. TJC formed a National Patient Safety Goal, which is targeted to “reduce the risk of patient harm from falls” (TJC, 2015). With falls being prevalent in the healthcare setting, it has been brought to the attention of nurses and researchers to find and put to test the best methods to reduce falls. Even though prior research has generated clinical guidelines that show that fall prevention interventions can be effective, often have not been translated into everyday practice due to practitioner preference as well as organization environment. As a result, the healthcare setting has experienced a rise in fall related injuries as well as rising healthcare costs. PICO QUESTION. In orthopedic patients, how does a fall prevention program affect the safety and outcome within the length of stay in an acute care setting?
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