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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a3e83e
Departments: Spotlight on Staffing

Alternative Strategies to Constant Patient Observation and Sitters: A Proactive Approach

Laws, Denise DNP(c), MSN, RN; Crawford, Cecelia L. DNP, RN

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Abstract

The evidence is inconclusive as to whether better patient outcomes for behavioral issues in acute care are achieved using constant patient observation. Nurse leaders at a northern California hospital designed and implemented proactive strategies to identify patients at risk for behavioral issues, developed evidence-based interventions to reduce the use of sitters and constant observation, and maintained or improved patient safety.

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