Graduation Year

2018

Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Department

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Jill Cornelison

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Gina Purdue

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Abstract

Patients experiencing falls while in the acute care setting is a challenge that plagues healthcare. In 2014, 29 million hospitalized patients fell causing 7 million injuries. Eighty-five percent or greater of unfavorable hospital occurrences are linked to falls. Falls occur regularly and can have detrimental effects both physically and psychologically. Literature reviews revealed encouraging results in relation to a reduction in falls with fall prevention education and the use of a fall safety agreement. The purpose of this project was to explore the effect of fall prevention education including a fall safety agreement on falls and falls with injury during hospitalization for total knee and hip joint replacement patients. Following 30-minute education sessions, participants were asked to sign a fall safety agreement. Thirty-seven participants received fall prevention education including a fall safety agreement. Participant ages ranged from 30-79 years old with the majority being female. No falls were noted among participants.

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

17-0771-P2H

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