Partnering with patients and families in designing visual cues to prevent falls in hospitalized elders

J Nurs Care Qual. Jul-Sep 2006;21(3):236-41. doi: 10.1097/00001786-200607000-00008.

Abstract

Prevention of falls in hospitalized elderly is critical to avoid injury and maintain independence. As part of a comprehensive program, nursing staff in a medical telemetry unit partnered with patients and their families to design and implement an educational poster to prevent falls. Ongoing patient/family feedback was used to modify the poster until it was appealing and effective for patients. The effort resulted in a marked decrease in falls on the unit over the pilot period.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged / psychology
  • Audiovisual Aids*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cues
  • Family / psychology*
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / education*
  • Inpatients / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Patient Participation / methods*
  • Patient Participation / psychology
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemetry
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration