Risk Management Paper
for NUR 492

Example of a Risk Management Paper for NUR 492 at the University of Phoenix.

Falls in nursing homes are an epidemic in America, and a serious risk management issue. Risk management “is a component of quality management, but its purpose is to identify, analyze, and evaluate risks and then to develop a plan for reducing the frequency and severity of accidents and injury” (Sullivan & Decker, 2009, p. 84). The purpose of this paper is to describe why falls are a risk management issue at Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, discover implementation of procedural steps when a fall occurs, how the nursing home provides solutions for managing falls, identify three sources for methods other facilities use to address the same problem with falls, and provide a comparison of the methods of other facilities use versus methods at Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The Risk Management Issue

According to Pountney (2009), “Falls are responsible for considerable morbidity, immobility, and mortality among older people, especially those living in nursing and residential homes” (p. 1). M.D. is the risk management coordinator at Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She states the national average is one fall a day in a month in a quarter. Southlake is below the national average at 87 falls for each quarter. Falls in the nursing home are a risk management issue because they “are a significant but often preventable risk” (Pountney, 2009, p. 1).

Steps to Address the Issue before It Occurs for Risk Management Paper

Upon admission to Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation, the admission nurse performs a fall assessment tool on each resident. This tool allows the nurse to assess the resident for impaired safety awareness, impulsiveness, poor judgment, vision problems, wandering, gait problems, impaired balance, improper use of assistive devices, if the resident is not aware of physical limitations, continence or incontinence issues, dizziness/vertigo, any falls in the last 180 days, hip fractures or other fractures in the last 180 days, medications, or self-removal of safety devices. This assessment helps to determine... [continues]

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