Date of Graduation

Fall 12-18-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The aim of the project is to reduce the patient’s fall rate in the medical surgical unit at an acute care hospital through improving the fall precaution process. The unit consists of 37 bed with a population of stroke, medical, and surgical patients. The focus of the nursing staff education using handouts, brochures, and poster will be based on the results from pre and post intervention audits. The goal of this fall reduction project is to have the nursing staff learn, review, and apply fall prevention interventions for fall risk patients in order to help reduce fall rate by 50 percent within a six month period, from October 2015 through March 2016. The CALNOC (Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes) and NDNQI (The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators) data on fall rate will be compared before and after the intervention. Results indicate that as staff knowledge and implementation of fall prevention interventions increase, the patient fall rate will decrease.

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