Implementing a quality improvement program to reduce falls and increase patient medication satisfaction in an academic medical center

Marilyn Lopez, Chenjuan Ma, Lori Aavik, Tara A. Cortes

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Abstract

Background: Hospitalized older adult medication-related falls are common and understudied. Local Problem: There were organizational educational gaps identified in assisting nurses to recognize and mitigate medication associated side effects that may predispose hospitalized older adults to fall. Methods: A quality improvement project that utilized pre and post-test design. An eLearning module was developed and distributed to registered nurses in a medical unit. Interventions: Eighty registered nurses participated in an eLearning module that included patient and family centered evidence-based guidelines and teach-back guides related to medication fall safety. Results: An increase in overall (2.2%) medication patient satisfaction scores and decrease (8%) in falls for patients > 65 years old over a 4-month period. Conclusions: There is benefit of implementing a structured medication fall risk education program for nurses on a medical unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeriatric Nursing
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Falls
  • Medication safety
  • Nurse education
  • Older adults
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Teachbac

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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