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Risk for Falls expected outcomes

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NUNS2016 specializes in NICU, Labor and Deliver, ED.

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Hi all,

I know I will remember all of this suddenly and feel silly, but for now, I am blanking. My patient's Dx (feel free to addendum!) so far is:

Risk for falls R/T history of falls, age of 69 and impaired physical ability. I need 2 outcomes and 2 goals. My outcomes aren't "timed and measurable" as the goals are, right? I just feel silly saying, "patient will not fall". And I'm pretty sure there's a good reason for feeling silly, cause I don't think that's an adequate expected outcome. Also...whats NOC and NIC? National something-or-other? Sort of like NANDA dxs?

Also, this is the first year with a rationale necessary. They seem pretty self explanatory though...why do I think this is important? Or why is this dx and goal and what not important to my patient's care?

Thanks!!

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NUNS2016 specializes in NICU, Labor and Deliver, ED.

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How about, "Patient will not trip and fall over objects left in his path, or due to dim lighting, loose rugs, child gates, etc." Then for the intervention, I would have a home inspection done within 2 days of him returning home to educate him on safety in the home....? Something like that?

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cayenne06 has 10 years experience as a MSN, CNM and specializes in Reproductive & Public Health.

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i'm a few years out of nursing school, but i think outcomes AND goals need to be quantifiable/measurable. I could be wrong, but I think your GOAL would be "pt will not fall during xxx time frame" and your outcomes would be more reflective of your interventions. For example, if your intervention is teaching the pt how to set up their home safely, your outcome could be "pt verbalizes 3 safety measures after teaching session is completed."

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