Date of Award

12-6-2010

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

When a patient falls in the hospital it ends up being costly for both the patient and the hospital. Having an awareness of risk factors that lead to an increase in patient falls becomes very important for all nursing staff. However, the contributing factors are not the same for every department in a hospital. The focus of this proposal is the development of a fall assessment that is specific to the emergency department. Age, cognition, elimination, physical mobility, and medications were the risk factors determined to be most important after a review of the literature. Once the fall assessment scale was developed the appropriate nursing interventions were then determined for those that fall into the low risk, moderate risk, and high risk categories.

Identifier

SC 11.MAN.2010.Fauks.CK

Included in

Nursing Commons

COinS