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Fall Risks within Hospital Systems Emily Craven & Madison holford

The Problem

As seen in the video, there is not one possible solution to preventing falls. We choose to try and find a solution to limit the prevalence of falls. In addition, Madison sees how falls negatively affect patients in their course of recovery.

Fall Risks are a big issue within all hospital systems and affect the care and treatment of patients that experience these incidents. Patients who experience a fall during their hospital stay end up having a harder time healing and recuperating from other health issues and so, have a longer more stressful stay. There have been many efforts to try and prevent falls from occurring but unfortunately falls will always be an ongoing concern within the healthcare system.

Present Day Solutions

nonslip socks, walker, bed/chair alarm monitor, & bedside commode

All of these devices have been made and put into place within hospital systems to help prevent the occurrence of falls. Even though these help the patient with ambulating as well as ambulating without assistance, they do not prevent falls from occurring, they just aid in helping them not to occur as often.

Proposal

Additional sensors placed within the mattress of the hospital bed. These sensors would then be able to detect when a patient is moving around in bed in an attempt to get out of bed on their own. Although bed alarms are already in use as a prevention method, this product was designed to help with the accuracy of the alarm. The upgrade of this prevention system is to alarm once the patient is attempting to get up, instead of alarming once the patient has stood up. This small change was made in hopes of allowing more time so that staff could make it to the patients room to assist them before the patient gets out of bed.

Pros

  • Alerts nurses of the situation
  • Can prevent a patient from getting up on their own
  • Can reduce the prevalence of falls
  • Can help reduce stress on nurses and CNAs/PCTs

Cons

  • Nurses may not be able to reach the room in time
  • Some patients may feel restrained
  • Lack of sense of independence

Conclusion

Falls are one of the most focused prevention issues due to the high risk of injury for all patients. Even though falls may not be prevented completely, it is important to keep searching for ways that best interest our patients and their safety. Many devices have been developed to help prevent this issue but there is still a major concern and occurrence within this area. We have high hopes that just by adjusting one of the biggest and most widely used prevention methods made, that this will at least help to decrease the amount of falls that occur each day within hospital systems. This model will help decrease the overall stress of a fall occurring by giving staff just a little more awareness of the situation as well as giving them more time to get to the patient.

References

Credits:

Created with an image by jovannig - "Asian doctor helping elder woman with walker in hospital hallway"