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Keywords

accidental falls, call lights, hospitals, nursing care, patient satisfaction, quality, safety

 

Authors

  1. Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN
  2. Yin, Chang-Yi MA

Abstract

Inpatients use call lights to seek nurses' assistance. Although implied in patient safety, no studies have analyzed data related to the use of or response time to call lights collected by existing tracking mechanisms monitoring nursing practice. This study used archived hospital data to determine the correlation of the call light use rate and the average call light response time with the fall rate, injurious fall rate, and patient satisfaction scores in acute inpatient care settings.