Fall Prevention Behavior among Hospitalized Elderly Patients

  • Laísla Alves Moura
  • Jéssica Naiara de Medeiros Araújo
  • Ana Paula Nunes de Lima Fernandes
  • Mércio Gabriel de Araújo
  • Amanda Barbosa da Silva
  • Jéssica de Araújo Olímpio
  • Ângela Monic Lima de Souza
  • Marcos Antonio Ferreira Júnior
  • Rhanna Emanuela Fontenele Lima de Carvalho
  • Viviane Euzébia Pereira Santos
  • Allyne Fortes Vitor

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to check fall prevention behavior among elderly patients admitted to a hospital, by assessing the indicators of a nursing outcome from the “Nursing Outcomes Classification” (NOC).

Methods: This is a quantitative, cross-sectional, survey conducted with elderly patients admitted to a university hospital. For collecting data, a validated instrument was applied, consisting of NOC indicators of the nursing outcome mentioned above.

Results: The indicator asks for physical assistance to the patient, it was correlated to fall within the last six months, and the indicators agitation control and use of safe actions during transfer were associated with difficulty in walking.

Conclusion: Fall prevention behavior by the elderly patient during hospital stay is a co-responsibility of her/his companion and the nursing team. There is a need to train nurses regarding patient safety measures, focusing on preventing falls and encouraging safe behavior among hospitalized elderly patients.

Published
Apr 22, 2016
How to Cite
MOURA, Laísla Alves et al. Fall Prevention Behavior among Hospitalized Elderly Patients. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, apr. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1488>. Date accessed: 24 nov. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1928.
Section
Global Health & Health Policy

Keywords

Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Accidental Falls; Health Promotion; Nursing.

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