Reducing acute care hospital setting inpatient falls with implementation of hourly rounding: A quality improvement project
Courtney Delaparte, BSN, RN, DNP
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Falls in the acute care setting can lead to serious patient injuries. Despite continued efforts to reduce falls, falls are still a common occurrence. One strategy that has been identified as promoting patient safety, including the prevention of falls, is that of hourly rounding. This quality improvement project implemented hourly rounding utilizing the AHRQ’s 3B: Scheduled Rounding Protocol on a 48-bed telemetry unit to study the effects on fall reduction. Comparison of fall rates prior to the implementation of hourly rounding to that after hourly rounding was incorporated into practice, showed a reduction; however, the reduction of fall rates was not statistically significant.
Tool(s) Used: The Steps of the Unfreezing -Change- Refreeze Model, and Fall Knowledge Test
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|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||Faculty Approved: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
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