Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project is to identify a root cause analysis for an increase in falls at a large, metropolitan hospital and implement interventions designed to reduce the incidence of falls on the medical-telemetry unit.

Background: Falls, regardless of severity, may inflict irreparable consequences on patients, families, and hospitals. Approximately 20-30% of falls result in physical or emotional harm, including minor bruises, emotional trauma, and fractures (“Falls,” 2004). When falls occur, hospitals are generally responsible for all costs incurred from the sentinel event, and do not receive re-imbursement from insurances for services provided. In the large, metropolitan hospital, falls increased from 31 in 2016 to 36 in 2017, prompting an analysis of current fall protocols and root causes for the increase.

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Nursing Commons

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