US and Dutch nurse experiences with fall prevention technology within nursing home environment and workflow: a qualitative study

Ann E. Vandenberg, Bernhard J.F. van Beijnum, Vera G.P. Overdevest, Elizabeth Capezuti, Theodore M. Johnson II

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Abstract

Falls remain a major geriatric problem, and the search for new solutions continues. We investigated how existing fall prevention technology was experienced within nursing home nurses' environment and workflow. Our NIH-funded study in an American nursing home was followed by a cultural learning exchange with a Dutch nursing home. We constructed two case reports from interview and observational data and compared the magnitude of falls, safety cultures, and technology characteristics and effectiveness. Falls were a high-magnitude problem at the US site, with a collectively vigilant safety culture attending to non-directional audible alarms; falls were a low-magnitude problem at the NL site which employed customizable, infrared sensors that directed text alerts to assigned staff members' mobile devices in patient-centered care culture. Across cases, 1) a coordinated communication system was essential in facilitating effective fall prevention alert response, and 2) nursing home safety culture is tightly associated with the chosen technological system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric nursing
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • EWI-27742
  • Fall prevention
  • Long-term care
  • Position monitors
  • Monitoring technology
  • METIS-321721
  • IR-103591
  • Bed exit alarms
  • Alarm fatigue
  • Pressure sensor mats

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Vandenberg, Ann E. ; van Beijnum, Bernhard J.F. ; Overdevest, Vera G.P. ; Capezuti, Elizabeth ; Johnson II, Theodore M. / US and Dutch nurse experiences with fall prevention technology within nursing home environment and workflow : a qualitative study. In: Geriatric nursing. 2017 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 276-282.
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In: Geriatric nursing, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2017, p. 276-282.

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