• falls of infants;
  • health literacy;
  • cultural barriers;
  • staff education

Poster Presentation

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  2. Poster Presentation

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.

Proposed Change

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.