Risk management: implementation of a clinical protocol for the prevention and management of pediatric falls

Geisa Fonseca Rebouças, Cândida Caniçali Primo, Paula de Souza Silva Freitas, Elisabete Maria Garcia Teles Nunes, Margarida Maria de Sousa Lourenço Quitério, Eliane de Fátima Almeida Lima

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the process of elaboration and implementation of a protocol for the prevention and management of pediatric falls. Method: This was an actionresearch developed at a public hospital in Southeast Brazil with 10 members of the multidisciplinary team from the pediatrics, maternity, neonatal intensive care sectors, and the patient safety center. To elaborate the protocol, literature review, three meetings with the group, and two rounds ofonline correction were carried out. Online training was carried out for all professionals and then the use of the protocol was started at the sectors. Results: A pediatric fall prevention protocol was implemented. Educational materials were developed and the Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale was chosen to assess the risk of falling. Conclusion: The process was conducted in a collective and participatory way. The protocol and the educational materials guide and standardize behavior based on the best evidence and involve users, family members and professionals in the management of the risk of falling.
Translated title of the contributionGestão de riscos: implantação de protocolo clínico de prevenção e manejo de quedas pediátricas
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20220050
Pages (from-to)e20220050
Number of pages13
JournalRevista gaucha de enfermagem / EENFUFRGS
Volume43
Issue numberspe
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Accidental falls
  • Child hospitalized
  • Risk management
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Clinical protocol
  • Patient safety

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