Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
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.
Fauks, Carissa K., "Thinking Differently: Developing a Fall Risk Assessment for the Emergency Department Setting" (2010). Theses and Graduate Projects. 474.