Rationale/Background: Fall prevention is a paramount and lifesaving healthcare initiative. The investigation of interventions for the prevention of falls may lead to a decrease in injuries and promotion of superlative care for patients hospitalized in an acute healthcare environment.
Purpose: The purpose of this quantitative correlational direct practice improvement (DPI) project is to determine the relationship between the implementation of a fall prevention training program and changes in fall rates over a period over three months.
Theoretical Framework: The Neuman system model served as the theoretical foundation for this project. The model presents a holistic approach to patient at-risk for falling and guides bedside nursing care, assess stressors, safety needs, and environmental factors suggest potential indicators linked to fall-risk patients.
Project Method and Design: A quantitative method and correlational design was used to investigate the impact of the intervention. The intervention involved training for a total 28 nurses (N = 28) on two wards. The final data collection included fall rates for 56-patients (N = 56).
Data Results: The control ward had a fall rate of nearly twice as high than the ward who received the intervention. There is a statistically significant reduction in fall rates on the intervention ward (p = 0.04).
Implications: Based on the findings of this project, a fall education training program supported safety through a reduction of falls. The training program was adopted as a part of standard education for the site.
|Advisor:||Clark, Amanda, Burrell, Angela|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Falls, Medical wards, Quality improvement practice|
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