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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

versão impressa ISSN 0102-6933versão On-line ISSN 1983-1447

Resumo

BARBOSA, Amanda da Silveira et al. Characterization of the adult patients’ falling incidents in a university hospital. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2019, vol.40, n.spe, e20180303.  Epub 29-Abr-2019. ISSN 1983-1447.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1983-1447.2019.20180303.

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the occurrences and to characterize the falling incidents of adult patients hospitalized in clinical and surgical units of a university hospital in the southern region of the country, in the period from 2011 to 2014.

METHOD

Descriptive, cross-sectional and retrospective study, carried out from December 2016 to December 2017. The sample consisted of 1112 reports, covering all hospitalized patients who were notified with falls occurring in the studied period. Data were analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics.

RESULTS

Female and elderly patients were predominant in the sample, in which 69.4% of the incidents did not present any damage. The occurrence of falls was significantly higher at night. Limitation to walking and being unaccompanied were the most prevalent factors in the patient's conditions before the fall.

CONCLUSION

The fall is a multifactorial event that requires periodic evaluation of the risk factors by the team to plan their prevention.

Palavras-chave : Patient safety; Accidental falls; Inpatients; Nursing care; Quality of health care.

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