Scholarly articles can be found in databases such as Ebscohost, CINAHL, and Google scholar for reading on a regular basis. I decided to use Proquest Nursing and Allied Health for my scholarly article. It is credible with correct references and with reliable sources. As a nurse I chose an article on fall prevention, because I am always adding to my knowledge to keep my patients safe. This article focuses on reducing the harm caused by a fall, while also addressing many ways to modify risks to increase patient safety. “One out of three older people have a fall each year” (Bunn, 2014). Factors such as decline in age, cognitive ability, strength, mobility and balance all contribute to the fall of the elderly. The national patient Campaign is focused on reducing the cases of falls and risks by introducing Ask, Assess and Act for better patient care (Bunn, 2014). Orient them to their new environment, show them how to use the call light to ask for help, as most falls happen in a patient’s room mostly from transferring them from bed to wheel chair or going to the bathroom. We should teach them to lock their wheel chairs during transfers and put most used items within reach. Keep their room clutter free. The elderly can benefit from exercise programs to build up strength and coordination. There is much more nurses and patient families can do to help older people from falling and reducing the harm caused by those falls.
Bunn, F., Dickinson, A., Simpson, C., Narayanan, V., Humphrey, D., Griffiths, C., Victor, C. (2014). Preventing falls among older people with mental health problems: A systematic review. BMC Nursing, 13, 4. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6955-13-4