Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper

School

Zvart Onanian School of Nursing

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Fall prevention is a universal issue addressed daily by healthcare teams working in acute care hospitals. One method of fall prevention is through the use of remote video surveillance (telemonitoring). The characteristics that are associated with patients that are the most appropriate candidates for video surveillance to reduce fall rates have not been determined due to the use of telemonitoring being new and its sudden increase in use. A retrospective record review was conducted to identify patients that would potentially benefit from telemonitoring. Results supported patients that would benefit most were oriented to person and place, or person, place, time, and situation. This may verify the inference that a higher level of orientation correlates with successful telemonitoring. The age range of the included records was not revealing as the ages were evenly distributed in the included sample. This project reinforces the effectiveness of telemonitoring for patients at high risk of falls as 24 out of 25 patients were scored as a high risk for fall based on their fall risk assessment score. Implications for advanced nursing practice include the use of novel technologies such as telemonitoring to maintain patient safety while using resources in a cost effective and efficient way.

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