Title : Evaluation of patient fall preventive program on nurses knowledge and the number of patient falls in one of the teaching hospitals of Mashhad in 2022
The current study examined the effect of patient fall preventive program on nurses knowledge and number of patient falls in one of the teaching hospitals in Mashhad, Iran. This was a quasi-experimental study was conducted on 600 nurses employed in the hospital affiliated to Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, who were selected via proportionate stratification sampling. Preventive program includes developing two educational posters and booklet consisting of key pointes to prevent patient fall based on standard guidelines. The subjects answered to a researcher-designed test which measured their knowledge related to patient fall prevention measures in two phases, in a form of a pretest and a posttest. Number of patient falls were evaluated before and after conducting preventive program. Data analysis was performed by SPSS version 25 using descriptive indexes, and Wilcoxon test. The significant level was considered less than 0.05. Nurses' knowledge scores were found to be significantly different in the pretest and posttest (p<0.001). Examination of the number of falls in the quarter before and after conducting patient fall preventive program showed a significant decrease from 19 to 7 cases. The results demonstrated that presented preventive program in this study can have a significant impact on improvement the level of patient safety by reducing the number of patient falls through increasing knowledge of nurses and awareness of patients.
Audience Take Away Notes:
• Nurses and clinical mangers can use presented program in terms of decrease the number of falling as an important never event in hospital
• By decrease the number of patient falling, staying of patients can decrease
• Falling of patients is an important event in increase of financial burden