Neethara MeejunMahidol University, Thailand
Title: Perspectives of health care personnel on inpatient falls: A qualitative study in a tertiary care hospital
The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of health care personnel’s perspective of falls among patients admitted in a tertiary care hospitals. Nowadays, the problem of falls remains an important and common problem among hospitalized patients, especially the elderly. Even though hospital fall prevention policies were applied, incidences continue to occur, resulting in temporary or permanent injury, a long length of hospital stay and greater expenses. This research is a qualitative research using in-depth interview. Ten respondents who had experience in the ward were enrolled. The analysis of personal data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and qualitative data were classified into categories by using Thematic Analysis. The results revealed that the health care personnel's perspective on inpatient falls are divided into 2 Themes. The first there was "Factors causing falls" theme with 4 subthemes including patient, caregiver, medical device and environment factors. The second theme was "Improved hospital measures" with 2 subthemes including inefficient current protocol and Future protocol with recommendations.
Neethara Meejun has completed her master degree of nursing science program from Mahidol University, Thailand. She is the nurse supervisor at department of nursing service, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. She is interested in adult and gerontological nursing, and nursing management.