Patient Falls

Student’s Full Name

Walden University

CourseNumber, Section, and Title

Month, Day, Year

PatientFalls

Overviewof the Paper

The primary goal of the paper is to identify the clinical andadministrative indicators that have found application in the nursingfraternity. Sections, where there is a good performance, would beanalyzed accompanied by identification of areas of opportunity.Finally, an area that needs improvement will be addressed followed byrecommendation of an action plan that focuses on good practices. TheNational Database of Nursing Quality Indicators acknowledges patientfalls as a crucial clinical and administrative indicator (Montalvo,2016).

Analysis of Data

The number of patient falls witnessed in healthcare organizationsremains to be a problem. There has been an increase in the number ofpatients who fail to get treatment in the right time when they cometo the hospital. Patient falls among the elderly in hospital set upsis high (al Tehewy, Amin, &amp Nassar, 2015).Most of them lack theenergy to support themselves physically when treatment is notadministered in time. The indicator was selected because of thedetrimental effects associated with patient falls. Most patients endup suffering significant injuries emanating from the falls.

Nursing Plan

The increase in cases of patient falls in hospitals negates the needto come up with strategies to reduce the incidences. The firstmeasure that can be adopted is increasing the number of nursesavailable at any given moment. Nurses would be able to attend topatients in time helping reduce the cases (Hagan, &amp Jones, 2015).Secondly, training should be done for patients to enable them tolearn how to identify the possibility of suffering a fall (Kirby,2015). Through the same, they would be able to find a place they canrest to avoid the incident. Finally, hospitals must streamlineservice delivery for patients to help them get treatment in time(Ward, Roach, Wilk, Selden, Hurd, Pike, &amp Blatt, 2015). It wouldbe possible to reduce the time before they are seen by serviceproviders.

Summary

The paper identifies the need to come up with strategies to reducepatient falls in hospitals. Application of the recommended practicesshould contribute to reducing the incidences.

References

Hagan, J., &amp Jones, A. (2015). Lower Nurse Staffing Levels AreAssociated With Occurrences of Inpatient Falls at a Large PediatricHospital. The health care manager, 34(4), 359-366.

Kirby, K. K. (2015). Hours per patient day: not the problem, nor thesolution. Nursing Economics, 33(1), 64.

Montalvo, I. (2016). The National Database of Nursing QualityIndicators® (NDNQI®). Nursingworld.org. Retrieved 18June 2016, fromhttp://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume122007/No3Sept07/NursingQualityIndicators.html

Ward, K. L., Roach, P. A., Wilk, C., Selden, M. M., Hurd, J., Pike,M. A., … &amp Blatt, M. (2015). Staff-led innovations reduce fallsin high-acuity patients. Nursing management, 46(12),20-25.