Status quo and innovative directions for inpatient fall interventions

Ji Yea Lee, Juhee Lee, Yeonsoo Jang, Eun Chae Kim, Yong Gu Ji, Taezoon Park, Sang Yoon Um, Min Chul Cha, Yielin Kim

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore nurses' experience of falls, and their perception of the status quo of inpatient fall interventions. Methods: The participants were 28 ward nurses in a university hospital, Seoul, Korea. Five focus group interviews and three individual interviews were conducted. The interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: The findings from this study suggest that nurses face limitations in providing conventional fall interventions due to patient disease related characteristics, situations in hospital, and medical devices used in the hospital settings. Although nurses adopted their own strategies to prevent falls effectively, they expressed the need for innovative approaches to overcome these limitations. Conclusion: Systematic, technology-based approaches are needed to create a safer physical environment and to improve current nursing interventions to prevent falls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-365
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Korean Academy of Fundamentals of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
*This work was supported by a 2018 Multidisciplinary Joint Research Fund from Mo-Im Kim Nursing Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Nursing and College of Engineering.

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© 2020. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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