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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
falls, risk assessment, prevention, education, elderly
Falls in the elderly cause serious injury and even death. Injuries from falls lead to emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations, which cost billions of dollars annually (CDC, 2016). Fall risk assessment and prevention is a key initiative for elderly patients to prevent harm and potentially loss of independence. Research shows that falls are preventable. The objective of this project was to examine a fall risk assessment and referral process to promote fall prevention interventions in a community based rural ED. Several interventions to prevent fall risk were explored. Results of the project show clinical and statistical significance in both fall screening rates and referral rates when compared to previous protocol. A short, self-administered tool, such as the Stay Independent brochure may be an effective tool to quantify fall risk among elderly patients in the ED environment (CDC, 2016). This document considered the theoretical background, ethics, and mechanics of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) fall prevention project.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Falls (Accidents) in old age -- Risk assessment Falls (Accidents) in old age -- Prevention
Includes bibliographical references (pages 54-58)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Krueger, Timothy, "Elderly Fall Risk Screening in the Emergency Department" (2017). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Practice Innovation Projects. 44.