Advisor(s)

Jamie Hunsicker, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Health & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing
j-hunsicker@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: Falls are a leading cause of patient injury in the hospital setting. Many studies attribute the lack of knowledge of fall interventions, including bed alarms, to this problem.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to reeducate nurses and patient care technicians (PCT) on a medical-surgical unit, on proper bed alarm usage, thus decreasing patient falls.

Methods: This is a qualitative study that includes a pre-survey, educational intervention, and post-survey. The pre-survey covers demographics, and asks questions regarding understanding of bed alarm usage. The intervention used was a pamphlet explaining proper bed alarm usage, and a red bed magnet on door frames of rooms using a bed alarm. The post-survey included slightly altered questions from the pre-survey, to evaluate intervention effectiveness. Surveys and pamphlets were handed out at morning huddle. Surveys were returned to a folder at the central nurse’s station.

Pertinent Findings: Expected outcomes of this study will show an increase of nurse and PCT knowledge on bed alarms, as well as a decrease in patient fall incidences.

Conclusion: Nurses and PCT’s will have a better understanding of bed alarms, and patient falls will decrease. Education should be repeated annually to accommodate new employees, and traveling staff.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Bed Alarms: Increasing Confidence and Decreasing Injury

Problem: Falls are a leading cause of patient injury in the hospital setting. Many studies attribute the lack of knowledge of fall interventions, including bed alarms, to this problem.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to reeducate nurses and patient care technicians (PCT) on a medical-surgical unit, on proper bed alarm usage, thus decreasing patient falls.

Methods: This is a qualitative study that includes a pre-survey, educational intervention, and post-survey. The pre-survey covers demographics, and asks questions regarding understanding of bed alarm usage. The intervention used was a pamphlet explaining proper bed alarm usage, and a red bed magnet on door frames of rooms using a bed alarm. The post-survey included slightly altered questions from the pre-survey, to evaluate intervention effectiveness. Surveys and pamphlets were handed out at morning huddle. Surveys were returned to a folder at the central nurse’s station.

Pertinent Findings: Expected outcomes of this study will show an increase of nurse and PCT knowledge on bed alarms, as well as a decrease in patient fall incidences.

Conclusion: Nurses and PCT’s will have a better understanding of bed alarms, and patient falls will decrease. Education should be repeated annually to accommodate new employees, and traveling staff.