Open Access Mini Review

Assessing Patient Fall Risk on Psychiatric Units: A Comparison of Three Fall Risk Scales

Marshall B*, Giuliani DA, Kolodziej J, O Hagan G and Pradhanang L

Department of Nursing, William Paterson University, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: February 12, 2020;  Published Date: February 21, 2020


Patient falls in a hospital setting are considered serious, never events and vary according to unit specialty [1]. Around 2% of in patients will fall during their hospital stay [2], reflecting a number of different reasons and risks [3]. The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) collects data on multiple nursing events from over 2000 hospitals, categorizing specific nursing quality events for benchmarking (Press Ganey, nd) [4]. This allows for evaluation of nursing and hospital performance on events and issues of importance to patient safely and care. More often than not (76.6%) patients who fell were assessed for risk of falling [1]. Assessment of the sensitivity of the falls risk assessment tools, as well as their specificity for the type of clinical unit is important [3].

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