Nursing Article Assignment: Fall Prevention In OB (Article Sample)
Fall prevention is a national patient safety goal of The Joint Commission and is considered a standard of practice in most institutions.
The obstetric population is considered a healthy group of patients. Should a fall prevention program be implemented on an OB unit for every laboring and postpartum patient?
•Describe two factors that place the obstetric patient at risk for falls. Explain why the identified factors increase the obstetric patients risk for injury.
•Describe how the implementation of a fall prevention program on the OB unit would help to improve patient outcomes.
•Describe the role of the RN in the implementation of a fall prevention program on an obstetric unit.
Base your initial post on your readings and research of this topic. Your initial post must contain a minimum of 250 words. References, citations, and repeating the question do not count towards the 250 word minimum.
Fall Prevention in OB
Pregnancies are associated with changes in psychology, physiology and biomechanical which put the victims at high risks of falling. The risks can be categorized as extrinsic or intrinsic. Here I will discuss one example of the two. An intrinsic factor is gait and balance difficulties while an extrinsic factor is epidural.
Gait and balance difficulties put an obstetric patient at a higher risk of falling. Balance is what controls the walking, leaning, arising from a chair or such like stuff. If the patient has difficulties in these, they can easily fall thus causing physical injury of which, to a greater extent, leadin...
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