Grand Canyon University
Hourly Rounds to prevent Patient Falls
Patient care and satisfaction is usually at the forefront of every healthcare providing facility and hospital. It is for this reason that several theories have been proposed to improve patient care and maximize patient safety. Inpatient facilities continue to have increased number of falls. This compounded with their initial illness worsens their prognosis and complicates their present management.
The Watson Caring Theory is a theory mostly associated with the elderly. The theory focuses mainly on patient satisfaction in partnership with other support services to give essential care to the patients. It has several components which include multilevel rounding, words and ways that work, relationship and partnership components. The Watson Caring theory focuses on regular leader and staff rounds on patients to improve the quality of care given.
Hourly rounding is a strategy that will ensure patients’ needs are addressed promptly in an anticipatory manner and that will limit their movement which leads to falls. Hourly rounds also give patients a forum to express and request for their needs which then get to be addressed as soon as they occur.
The theory will be incorporated into the project as a part of the preventive solutions within the nursing care. It has always been stated that prevention is better than cure. Hourly rounds and reviews on patients is a great preventive mechanism to several patient falls which then translates into better patient outcomes and decreases patient morbidity and mortality. Staff can learn the appropriate skills for consistent purposeful rounding more readily and perceive purposeful rounding as a useful behavior that can be achieved through teamwork
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NRS 441V Incorporating Theory Assignment.docx