Evidence Based Best Practices in Clinical Healthcare

Title

Can Hourly Rounding Decrease the Incidence of Patient Falls?

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

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Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Falls are now considered a preventable hospital acquired condition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. A fall can have a physical, emotional, and mental impact on any patient affected. Falls occur in any institution for numerous reasons but a research study found that many falls occur for toileting needs especially if a patient has to wait for help. Falls happen to any patient young or old, ambulatory or non-ambulatory, and who can or cannot communicate. Due to this, it is absolutely imperative to keep fall risk reduction policies in place to protect patient. Therefore, can hourly rounding decrease the incidence of inpatient falls? Numerous research studies have implemented hourly rounding with a focus on the four P’s: pain, potty, position, and placement into their institution policies. This implementation has now seen a decrease in falls on medical surgical units, which in turn, has improved patient outcomes, decreased financial costs, and improved patient satisfaction.

Location

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Nursing

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Can Hourly Rounding Decrease the Incidence of Patient Falls?

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

Falls are now considered a preventable hospital acquired condition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. A fall can have a physical, emotional, and mental impact on any patient affected. Falls occur in any institution for numerous reasons but a research study found that many falls occur for toileting needs especially if a patient has to wait for help. Falls happen to any patient young or old, ambulatory or non-ambulatory, and who can or cannot communicate. Due to this, it is absolutely imperative to keep fall risk reduction policies in place to protect patient. Therefore, can hourly rounding decrease the incidence of inpatient falls? Numerous research studies have implemented hourly rounding with a focus on the four P’s: pain, potty, position, and placement into their institution policies. This implementation has now seen a decrease in falls on medical surgical units, which in turn, has improved patient outcomes, decreased financial costs, and improved patient satisfaction.