School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Tonia R. Kennedy
Falls, Inpatient falls, video monitoring, fall precautions, fall assessment, fall prevention
Mo, Marie Elizabeth, "The Use of Video Monitoring to Decrease Falls" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3219.
Fall prevention is a constant challenge for inpatient nursing staff. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that falls in hospitalized patients will decrease with the initiation of video monitoring. A fall while in the hospital can lead to increased length of stay, increased cost to the organization, lack of reimbursement from Medicare, and the worst outcome is the patient never returning to baseline. Nursing staff struggle with fall prevention daily and are often unsuccessful. One to one sitters are often utilized as a fall prevention measure; this can be draining to hospital resources. Identified best practices of one-to-one sitters, 15-minute checks, review of medications, and rehabilitation consults are current strategies to attempt to reduce falls, however, patients are still falling. Over more recent years fall prevention technology such as video monitoring has been developed to bridge the gap of unsuccessful traditional measures. Data was collected from post fall huddle reports and patient safety reports. Descriptive statistics were utilized to describe fall data after the implementation of telesitter video monitoring. Outcomes included the decrease of falls as well as a decrease in severity of injury after the implementation of telesitter video monitoring. The implementation of telesitter video monitoring decreased falls and falls with injury in this organization.