The Importance of Preventing the Number of Falls in a Hospital

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Today it is a requirement of the Joint Commission for all healthcare facilities to have a fall-prevention program in place. Facilities are also required to conduct an ongoing evaluation of the program (Hubbartt, Davis & Kautz, 2013). Most prevention programs include the use of a bed alarm, but can bed alarms alone prevent falls? This paper will investigate the use of a bed alarm being used as the only tool to prevent falls. It is often found that even when a bed alarm is sounded the patient has already fallen before any nursing personal can get into the room. This paper will also investigate the use of other prevention measures that can be used independently or in conjunction with bed alarms to work toward decreasing the number of …show more content…
Today it is a requirement of the Joint Commission for all healthcare facilities to have a fall-prevention program in place. Facilities are also required to conduct an ongoing evaluation of the program (Hubbartt, Davis & Kautz, 2013). Most prevention programs include the use of a bed alarm, but can bed alarms alone prevent falls? This paper will investigate the use of a bed alarm being used as the only tool to prevent falls. It is often found that even when a bed alarm is sounded the patient has already fallen before any nursing personal can get into the room. This paper will also investigate the use of other prevention measures that can be used independently or in conjunction with bed alarms to work toward decreasing the number of falls and the related change theory that would work best to implement this change in practice. Nurses are leaders and should always be working to identifying and changing problems that appear to be evident with keeping in mind the best interest of the patient, their families, and the nursing staff.
First to identify factors that contribute to a patient falling. Many patients that are appear to be at a high fall risk and appropriate for the use of a bed alarm are patients who are cognitively impaired, who have an unsteady gait, patients that have many wires or lines and need the assistance of a nurse or patient care assistant (PCA) to ambulate and patients who are a threat to violence. Other factors that many contribute to falls include the
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