The Surprising Reality of Hospital Falls
September 29, 2017 by Emilia
Each year in the United States, 700,000 to 1,000,000 people fall in hospitals. With a number this high, it is important to be educated in the unfortunate event that you are one of those many individuals who suffer a hospital fall. A hospital fall is classified as an unplanned descent to the floor (or extension of the floor, e.g., trash can or other equipment) with or without injury to the patient, and occurs on an eligible reporting nursing unit.
Hospital falls can be caused by numerous circumstances. In order to protect your health, it is important to know what can cause a hospital fall. The main causes include:
- Patient fails to call for nurse assistance
- Patient is taking high-risk medication
- Patient was not accurately assessed
- The bed alarm was not set
- The response to the nurse call bell was delayed
As patients, it is important to do your part. This can be done by calling for nurse assistance and not overestimating your abilities at the time. Hospitals can prevent dangerous falls also. They can do this by:
- Identifying high-risk patients
- Making sure the bed alarm is set
- Providing the patient with a safety companion
- Conducting safety rounds to check on patients
You may be asking, what should I do if I have fallen in a hospital? If your fall was the result of receiving the incorrect medicine or dosage, early discharge, failure to recognize symptoms, or improper bed restraints you may have a case for medical negligence. In fact, according to a report published in Health Affairs, one in every three hospitalized patients in the United States encounters a hospital error.
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