2018, Cilt 5, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 128-137
Risk of Falling and its Affecting Factors Among Emergency Room Patients
Öznur ERDEM1, Selma ATAY2
1Çanakkale On Sekiz Mart Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Hemşirelik, Çanakkale, Türkiye
2Çanakkale On Sekiz Mart Üniversitesi Sağlık Yüksekokulu Hemşirelik Bölümü, Çanakkale, Türkiye
Keywords: Emergency room, risk of falling, safety

Aim: This study was conducted to determine the risk of falling and its affecting factors among emergency room (ER) patients.

Material and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted with 1000 patients who presented at ER. The data was collected by using a questionnaire and the KINDER 1 Fall Assessment Tool designed for ER patients. The data were analyzed by using number, percentage and chisquare test.

Results: It was found that 24.5% of the participants were over 65 years old, 49.1% were male and 55.9% had chronic disease. 65.3% of the participants were found to have a high risk of falling. A statistically significant difference between the risk of falling and age, gender, having chronic illness, visual/hearing problem, history of falling, continuous drug use, state of consciousness was found.

Conclusion: It was found that patients who presented at ER had a high risk of falling. According to the study results, it could be advised to assess the falling risk of ER patients with assessment tools specific to ER.