Posted: November 5th, 2022
Nursing Staff in my Workplace Integrate Evidence-based Practice.
Nursing staff in my workplace integrate evidence-based practice (EBP) in nursing practice in order to improve patient care and also use the latest and best evidence when making clinical decisions.
For example, in my workplace, bed and chair alarms were used on patients identifying as having a high risk for falls such as the patients with confusion or unsteady gaits in the medical-surgical unit. Bed and chair alarms were used as a fall prevention strategy. However, after reviewing evidence-based research, it was discovered that bed and chair alarms did not reduce the rate of falls, and especially when used as a single strategy. This is supported by King et al., (2018) whose evidence indicates that alarms do not reduce the rate of falls when utilized as a single strategy.Nursing Staff in my Workplace Integrate Evidence-based Practice.
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As a result, research was performed to establish the most effective strategies to reduce falls within the medical-surgical unit. The findings of the research indicated that hourly-intentional rounding and fall-risk assessment reduced the rate of falls. As a result, the findings were applied in clinical practice where a fall-risk assessment was performed on all patients to identify those at highrisk of falls and also hourly-intentional rounding was implemented. After the implementation of these two evidence-based practices, the rate of falls significantly decreased within the medical-surgical unit. These findings are supported by Harris et al., (2018) whose findings indicate that regular intentional rounding leads to improved patient experience and reduces the rate of falls. In addition, identifying patients at risk of fall ensures that the appropriate preventative measures are implemented to prevent falls.Nursing Staff in my Workplace Integrate Evidence-based Practice.
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