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Reducing inpatient falls: Human factors & ergonomics offers a novel solution by designing safety from the patients’ perspective

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posted on 01.03.2016, 10:03 authored by Sue HignettSue Hignett, Laurie Wolf
Patients feel safe in the hospital and perceive they are less likely to fall whereas the opposite can be true if weakness, confusion and/or altered elimination issues are experienced as a result of symptoms, medication and/or procedures. A previous editorial from Grealish and Chaboyer (2015) outlined the scale and scope of this problem with an excellent argument for improving nursing care by valuing essential needs including ambulation, hydration, nutrition and elimination. However, despite many interventions (and models of nursing care) to improve assessment, monitoring and communication (Hignett, 2010), there has been little evidence of sustained reductions in either the number of falls or severity of injuries over the last 60 years (Oliver et al., 2007).



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International Journal of Nursing Studies


HIGNETT, S. and WOLF, L., 2016. Reducing inpatient falls: Human Factors & Ergonomics offers a novel solution by designing safety from the patients’ perspective. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 59, pp. A1-A3.


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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Nursing Studies and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.02.007