Fall Prevention and Injury Reduction Utilizing Continuous Video Monitoring: A Quality Improvement Initiative.

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Date: Apr. 2022
From: Journal of Nursing Care Quality(Vol. 37, Issue 2)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, WK Health
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 158 words

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Byline: Beth Hogan Quigley, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia.; Susan M. Renz; Christine Bradway Abstract BACKGROUND: Reduction of falls and fall-related injuries in hospital patients remains a priority. Consideration of technology via continuous video monitoring (CVM) is relevant for safe, quality care with favorable cost implications. LOCAL PROBLEM: Although fall rates were in the acceptable national safety standard guidelines, interventions were explored with the aim to further decrease falls using CVM. METHODS: The quality improvement project collected descriptive statistics. Run charts portrayed data trends for falls and injuries in 2-week increments over a 6-month period. INTERVENTIONS: Two-way cameras and a virtual sitter were used to observe fall risk patients. RESULTS: Implementation of CVM with virtual sitters depicted a 14% decline in fall rates and a 6% decrease in fall-related injury rates with positive budget implications. CONCLUSION: Cost savings, fall rates, and fall injury rates all improved with the inception of video monitoring.

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