Studies Show Sitters Do Not Reduce Falls:
The sitter utilization case was unable to provide correlation of sitter use to decreased fall rates, elopement, or assault behaviors. Currently, there is no research to suggest the use of constant observation reduces the risk of patient harm related to their risk for falling or harming themselves.
(Morse et al., 1989; Rausch & Bjorklund, 2010). The Journal of Nursing
Direct observation remains an ineffective and expensive means of providing for patients’ safety requiring rapid human intervention.
Andrew D. Harding, NURSING ECONOMIC/September-October 2010/Vol. 28/No. 5