Falls simulation room: Do you see what your patient sees?
Information presented by The Joint Commission coupled with an increase in our institution's fall rate from 2.25 falls per 1,000 patient days in April 2014 to 4.38 in July 2014 prompted us to look for a new and innovative approach to decrease falls in our organization. Although many articles address fall prevention, the authors found no research addressing a specific fall simulation room, making our approach to fall prevention unique.
Education of nursing staff must contain fall prevention intervention strategies to include collaboration with all departments, modification of interventions, and evaluation of interventions as they're implemented throughout the organization. The falls simulation room described in this article teaches staff in all departments to visualize their role in fall prevention.