Factors Associated with Falls in Hospitalized Patients

  • 2017

Factors Associated with Falls in Hospitalized Patients

Author:
Michele Allen
Abstract:

Injurious falls are the most commonly reported patient safety incidents in hospitals and are among the top 10 sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission (Joint Commission, 2009).  Injuries resulting from falls can lengthen the hospital stay and add additional costs to both client and facility. Up to 1-in-10 in-hospital falls results in injury or death (Joint Commission, 2009). Experts agree that programs personalized to individual patients’ risks of falling are most effective, but very few hospitals have initiated such programs (Eldridge, 2007). Decreasing inpatient falls and fall-related injuries are still a problem at the bedside, and further analysis geared toward understanding this phenomenon to prevent and reduce falls.
The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive correlational proposal will be to identify and analyze factors contributing to patient falls. A collective analysis of data will be gathered on patients who fell while hospitalized at a military treatment facility from October 2015 through April 2016. The statistics will be obtained from the nursing documentation, patient safety risks, post-fall documentation, and questionnaires.