The Role Of Interdisciplinary Teams And Organization Management

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Introduction “A patient fall, defined as a sudden, unintentional change in position, coming to rest on the ground or other lower level, is a month the most commonly reported adverse hospital events, with more than 1 million occurring annually” (Mion,2014). Evidence supports these events lead to increase hospital expenses, longer hospital stays and mortality. With the inclusion of interdisciplinary teams and organization management to implement “all hands on deck’ with environment and scheduled intentional rounding, the goal is to decrease these event which would lead to a decrease in the negative impacts and outcomes of hospital stays. Problem Statement Upon working at Methodist University Hospital 8A tower, it was found the unit has the second highest rate of falls in the hospital year to date, already exceeding the total number for falls for the previous year -2013. Unit 8 had 32 falls for 2013 and 39 Year to Date from January 2014-September 2014 (Jones- Purdy, personal communication, October 16, 2014). Literature Review “In the United Sates, unintentional falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for people older than 65 years (Hughes, 2008).” This illustrates a problem that requires addressing. “Rates of falls vary across hospitals and units however, the highest rates are found in neuroscience (6.12-8.83/1000 patient days) and medical (3.48-6.12 falls/1000 patient days) units” (Mion, 2014). Older adults are usually those most affected and their falls are
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