Use of toilet alarms in inpatient settings

Lorrie Jones, Karen Hessler, Becky Winter, Kevin Kupzyk

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To investigate the use of toilet alarms among patients at an increased risk for falls in inpatient settings while allowing for privacy and maintaining safety. METHODS: Pre- and postsurvey data were collected among patients in the intervention and control groups, as well as among the healthcare staff, to determine perceptions of privacy and safety. RESULTS: Each participant group was compared according to the participants' responses to the pre- and postsurveys. On average, the intervention group perceived increased levels of privacy and safety compared with the control group. Staff also indicated increased privacy and safety. CONCLUSION: Additional research is necessary, but patient satisfaction, privacy, and dignity may be augmented by using toilet alarms in hospital settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalNursing
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • LPN and LVN

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