Don't Drop That Baby!
Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2012 Convention Proceedings
Volume 41, Issue s1, page S48, June 2012
How to Cite
Fleischman, E. and Lanciers, M. (2012), Don't Drop That Baby!. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: S48. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01360_29.x
- Issue online: 14 JUN 2012
- Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
- falls of infants;
- health literacy;
- cultural barriers;
- staff education
Purpose for the Program
The purpose of this poster is to share information regarding the incidence of falls of infants, the education strategies employed to decrease the risk of falls, as well as to explore future plans for decreasing the rate of falls of infants at the maternal infant services unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.
Investigations were completed to identify trends in the falls of infants. Staff and patient education were developed utilizing the findings from incident reports. Picture-based patient education was developed and posted in patient rooms for easy access by patients and visitors.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Focused staff and patient education were implemented in April 2010. In 2009, there were 5.83 falls per 10,000 live births, and in 2010 there were 2.5 falls per 10,000 live births (8,568 live births in 2010). Three falls occurred in 2010 prior to the implementation of staff and patient education. From the implementation of education, there were no falls for nearly a year. At the time of this abstract submission, there were 0.43 falls per 10,000 live births (4,341 live births as of June, 2011).
Implications for Nursing Practice
The success of patient education may be attributed to the goal of educating the patients and visitors as well as providing education to illiterate or non-English speaking patients. The patient education posters were translated into Spanish; however, patients at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns originate from a variety of countries and speak many different languages. To optimize comprehension of patient education, consideration should be given to utilizing pictures in addition to text.