1. Laws, Denise DNP(c), MSN, RN
  2. Crawford, Cecelia L. DNP, RN


The evidence is inconclusive as to whether better patient outcomes for behavioral issues in acute care are achieved using constant patient observation. Nurse leaders at a northern California hospital designed and implemented proactive strategies to identify patients at risk for behavioral issues, developed evidence-based interventions to reduce the use of sitters and constant observation, and maintained or improved patient safety.