Training for Observers for High-Risk Patients


Two-day training seemed to be the most effective training option. In Colman’s examination of the effects of training on the success of an observer program, the results were clear: Training ultimately increased preparedness, decreased falls and elopements, and maximized the effectiveness of contracted observers.6 The use of training in combination with other tools, like a sitter request form and the Morse Fall Risk
Assessment, can be used to increase the efficiency of sitters as well as lower costs.

6 Colman, T. (2016). Improving Patient Safety through Patient Safety Aide (Sitter) Competency Education. Retrieved May 17,
2017, from