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A Feasibility Study of Providing Folding Commode Chairs in Patient Bathrooms to Reduce Toileting-Related Falls in an Adult Acute Medical-Surgical Unit

Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN

Section Editor(s): OERMANN, H. MARILYN PhD, RN, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181d94f4d
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Abstract

Nursing staff rated having a folding commode chair in each patient room bathroom, on a scale of 1 (not highly rated) to 10 (very highly rated), as being useful (mean = 8.56), feasible/practical (mean = 8.15), and appropriate (mean = 8.55). Providing a commode chair in each bathroom as an intervention in a multifaceted fall-prevention program is recommended to increase accessibility and efficiency in patient care delivery.

Author Information

Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions and Studies, The University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan.

Correspondence: Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions and Studies, The University of Michigan-Flint, 303 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48502 (tzeng_hueyming@yahoo.com).

This project was partially sponsored by the study hospital.

Accepted for publication: December 13, 2009

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