Reducing Falls in Outpatients: Evaluation of Fall Risk Assessment and Identification of Fallers

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303809
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Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reducing Falls in Outpatients: Evaluation of Fall Risk Assessment and Identification of Fallers
Author(s):
Pendleton-Romig, Katherine Diane
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Xi Alpha
Author Details:
Katherine Diane Pendleton-Romig, DNP, MSN, BSN, ADN, RN, kdpendleton1@aol.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: The purpose'of the project'aimed to study'occurrences of injurious falls in outpatient areas in a health care facility with a focus on how falls can be mitigated.' Prevention of falls is a national patient safey goal.''' Research shows that falls are more likely amongh older adults; however, falls may be preventable if fall risk screening and education could be started before patients become older adults.' Risk factors and support factors are viewed as higher priorities for fall prevention than physiological measures.' '''''

Methods: The project was conducted in the internal medicine outpatient clinic in a Tennessee medical center, focusing on nursing staff.' A questionnaire was distributed to nursing staff working in the internal medicine clinic over a 4-6 week period during the spring of 2012 for the purpose of evaluating the utilization of the screening'tool used for patients age 65 and above for determining if the tool is beneficial in identifying patients who are at risk for falls.'

Results: Eight nursing staff responded to a 10 question questionnaire' to help determine if the screening'tool is beneficial in identifying patients who are at risk for falls.' Analysis of the survey revealed that'two of the eight nursing staff were licensed nurses and the non-licensed nursing staff were responsible for conducting the patient fall screenings.' It is not known if the nursing staff currently utilizing the screening tool use it correctly or consistently.' '

Conclusion: The screening tool needs to be utilized by RNs.' The educational background of RNs incorporates assessment at a higher level than that of non-licensed staff which may lead to the need for further patient screening.' An educational pamphlet containing information related to falls prevention for patient distributon as well as posting similar information on signs in the outpatient clinics may aid in mitigating patient falls in these areas.

Keywords:
Fall Risk; Outpatient; Fall
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleReducing Falls in Outpatients: Evaluation of Fall Risk Assessment and Identification of Fallersen
dc.contributor.authorPendleton-Romig, Katherine Dianeen
dc.contributor.departmentXi Alphaen
dc.author.detailsKatherine Diane Pendleton-Romig, DNP, MSN, BSN, ADN, RN, kdpendleton1@aol.comen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303809-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>The purpose'of the project'aimed to study'occurrences of injurious falls in outpatient areas in a health care facility with a focus on how falls can be mitigated.' Prevention of falls is a national patient safey goal.''' Research shows that falls are more likely amongh older adults; however, falls may be preventable if fall risk screening and education could be started before patients become older adults.' Risk factors and support factors are viewed as higher priorities for fall prevention than physiological measures.' ''''' <p><b>Methods: </b> The project was conducted in the internal medicine outpatient clinic in a Tennessee medical center, focusing on nursing staff.' A questionnaire was distributed to nursing staff working in the internal medicine clinic over a 4-6 week period during the spring of 2012 for the purpose of evaluating the utilization of the screening'tool used for patients age 65 and above for determining if the tool is beneficial in identifying patients who are at risk for falls.' <p><b>Results: </b>Eight nursing staff responded to a 10 question questionnaire' to help determine if the screening'tool is beneficial in identifying patients who are at risk for falls.' Analysis of the survey revealed that'two of the eight nursing staff were licensed nurses and the non-licensed nursing staff were responsible for conducting the patient fall screenings.' It is not known if the nursing staff currently utilizing the screening tool use it correctly or consistently.' ' <p><b>Conclusion: </b> The screening tool needs to be utilized by RNs.' The educational background of RNs incorporates assessment at a higher level than that of non-licensed staff which may lead to the need for further patient screening.' An educational pamphlet containing information related to falls prevention for patient distributon as well as posting similar information on signs in the outpatient clinics may aid in mitigating patient falls in these areas.en
dc.subjectFall Risken
dc.subjectOutpatienten
dc.subjectFallen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:23:56Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:23:56Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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