Title

Education in Association with Bed-Exit Alarms to Decrease Patient Falls

Presenter Information

Dallas ElliottFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

essica Naber, RN, PhD; Lori Ballard, RN, MSN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Bed-exit alarms or exit-alarms are used in almost every hospital in the world to prevent patients considered a fall risk from falling while in a healthcare facility. The use of bed-exit alarms is wide spread throughout the medical community appearing in a range of units and facilities such as emergency rooms, medical-surgical units, acute rehabilitation units and nursing homes. Patient falls are a large safety concern for most facilities. Because of this, most facilities have a policy pertaining to patients at risk for falls. Methods to prevent patient falls during their stay at the facility are addressed. These policies use Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Joint Commission standards to form the best plan to keep patients safe especially when it means keeping them safe from themselves.

Bed-exit alarms are used to alert the staff if a patient is attempting to get out of bed or chair without assistance from a medical professional. These alarm systems come in different forms depending on what the employees need to know about the patient’s movement and where the patient is resting (i.e. chair or bed).

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Education in Association with Bed-Exit Alarms to Decrease Patient Falls

Bed-exit alarms or exit-alarms are used in almost every hospital in the world to prevent patients considered a fall risk from falling while in a healthcare facility. The use of bed-exit alarms is wide spread throughout the medical community appearing in a range of units and facilities such as emergency rooms, medical-surgical units, acute rehabilitation units and nursing homes. Patient falls are a large safety concern for most facilities. Because of this, most facilities have a policy pertaining to patients at risk for falls. Methods to prevent patient falls during their stay at the facility are addressed. These policies use Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Joint Commission standards to form the best plan to keep patients safe especially when it means keeping them safe from themselves.

Bed-exit alarms are used to alert the staff if a patient is attempting to get out of bed or chair without assistance from a medical professional. These alarm systems come in different forms depending on what the employees need to know about the patient’s movement and where the patient is resting (i.e. chair or bed).