Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Debra Martinez

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project is to implement a falls intervention to improve falls on the Medical-Telemetry unit.

Background: Between 700,000 and 1,000,000 falls occur in hospitals every year. Furthermore, approximately 30-35% of these falls result in injury and 11,000 falls result in death (Health Research & Educational Trust, 2016). Falls harm patients, families, and providers. They are also a high cost, as many insurance companies will not reimburse care when a fall occurs. As a hospital organization, it is important to ensure funds are going to the appropriate places. Currently the metropolitan hospital had an increase of 5 falls from 2016 fiscal year to 2017 fiscal year. Through data itemization it appears the current protocol and procedures is not meeting the need to decrease and diminish falls.

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