Patient falls are devastating. They can result in injury and even death. They also result in extra costs for the patient as well as they facility. Hourly rounding is a simple process that can help reduce the number of patient falls within an acute care facility. Purposeful hourly rounding will help meet the needs of the patient as well as allow the staff member to asses the environment for safety issues. Rounding should happen every hour during the day and every two hours at night. During these rounds, staff will ask the patient about pain, bathroom needs, comfort, peacefulness of the environment, and closeness of the patient's possessions.. Staff can also use this opportunity to assess for any trip hazards, make sure the call light is within the patient's reach, and activate the bed alarm. This project is a plan using the PDSA model for implementing hourly rounding on an inpatient acute care unit.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing Administration
Lloyd, Shelley L., "Hourly Rounding to Reduce Patient Falls - A Quality Improvement Project" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 156.