Developing a Multifaceted Fall Prevention Strategy in the Emergency Department

dc.contributor.authorWaszczeniuk, Courtney
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-12T13:38:02Z
dc.date.available2022-05-12T13:38:02Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-05
dc.description.abstractAbstract Despite systemwide efforts to reduce patient falls, this problem continues to be a significant patient safety concern in the emergency department. The ED is a high acuity, fast-paced, crowded and unpredictable environment making fall prevention a challenging task (Stoeckle et.al., 2019). This unique healthcare environment requires interventions tailored to meet the specific needs of an ED (Townsend et.al., 2016). The goal of this quality improvement project was to determine if a multifactorial fall prevention program tailored to the unique emergency department environment will decrease the total number of adult patient falls. The primary outcome of this quality improvement project was to reduce the total number of patient falls. After performing retrospective root cause analysis and data review, a multifaceted fall prevention strategy was created and implemented in a large, tertiary emergency department. Initial results did not reveal an overall decrease in the total number of falls or fall rate in the emergency department. However, vital information was gained about significant barriers and gaps to fall prevention. This has been a catalyst to unit and system wide changes in fall prevention measures. Keywords: falls, prevention, risk, emergency department, quality improvementen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://lair.lr.edu/handle/20.500.12862/86
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursingen_US
dc.subjectQuality Improvementen_US
dc.subjectAccidental Fallsen_US
dc.subjectEmergency Service, Hospitalen_US
dc.subjectPatient Safetyen_US
dc.titleDeveloping a Multifaceted Fall Prevention Strategy in the Emergency Departmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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