The Importance Of Fall Prevention

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Patient Safety in a Healthcare Setting and Falls Risks Falls are a common event that occurs every day in the healthcare setting. First, they can be prevented by a little education and background. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015) reviewed that more than 10,000 Americans turn 65 in a year, and that same year every 13 seconds the Emergency Department treats fall related injuries and claim a life every 20 minutes. Falls are becoming one of the most common injuries in the healthcare field. 1 out of 3 adults fall every year, and only half inform their healthcare professional. With preparation and education on fall prevention, patients and healthcare workers are more understanding and educated on what rules to follow when the time …show more content…
FSI investigates fall risk scenes and provides a proactive approach to help fall prevention. According to Boothe and Harris (2010), The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have labeled hospital-acquired falls as “never events” – preventable incidents that should never occur in a clinical care setting. It is now a law that hospitals can’t charge the patient for a fall because these are addressed as “never events”. The FSI’s job is to examine and review the fall that’s occurred, and implement new ways to prevent future falls. In order for this to become a success, the care team, family, and client all must apply the same rules of fall prevention. A few questions that should be addressed when performing a fall scene investigation: What’s the diagnosis of the patient? What medications are involved? What was the patient doing that caused the fall? Could other prevention strategies have been implemented? What lessons were learned? Because of the FSI team, nurses are now becoming more aware and fast acting towards fall risks and safety hazards. There …show more content…
It is important that patient’s and their families become well educated on how to help reduce falls. With the help of the Fall Safety Agreement, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and developing a proactive approach to fall preventions, the healthcare setting is finding a vast reduction in falls. Fall prevention is a very important factor in the healthcare setting. Understanding the risks and being able to identify a patient at risk can help improve falls, especially in older adults. Investigating fall risk scenes and taking action to perform fall risk assessments, educating nurses, and satisfying the physiological needs of the patient are all significant factors of helping prevent

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