Summary: The Effects Of Hourly Rounding

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In a recent article published in the MEDSURG Nursing journal it discussed the effects of hourly rounding to prevent falls for patients in acute care. Falls not only cause harm to patients, they cost hospitals money. In 2012 “the Joint Commission identified reduction of harm from patient falls as a national patient safety goal” (Hicks, 2015). In attempts to reduce falls, studies have been conducted on hourly rounding. “The main components of hourly rounds include reducing anxiety by using key words, addressing the four Ps (pain, potty, position, possessions), assessing the environment for safety issues and telling the patient when staff will return” (Hicks, 2015). Data for this article was gathered from published journal articles from 2009

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