An effective falls prevention program can drastically decrease the overall number of patient falls in your healthcare organization. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a 25-50% reduction in falls after implementing a falls program. (1)
We recently wrote about the importance of having a quality incident reporting software in your healthcare organization.
The next step in improving patient outcomes is ensuring that your organization's falls prevention program is effective.
Ensuring Your Company's Falls Prevention Program Is Effective
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality estimates that approximately 700,000 to 1,000,000 people fall in hospitals in the United States every year, which equates to fall rates ranging from 2.3 - 7 falls per 1,000 patient days. (2)
In fact, in 2017, the Joint Commission reported serious injuries or death associated with inpatient falls as the second highest sentinel event in healthcare organizations. (3)
Of those, 30-40% result in injuries that can result in an average of 6.3 additional hospital days to a patient’s hospital stay and an average cost of $14,000 to diagnose and treat those injuries.
Falls prevention is also cost avoidance. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services no longer reimburses hospitals for additional costs associated with inpatient falls as part of their value-based payment initiative. (3) That means it's more important than ever to focus on falls prevention, not only from the mindset of encouraging patient safety, but also from a financial perspective.
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If your organization is looking to implement a new falls prevention program or ensure that your existing one is as effective and efficient as possible:
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1. Walsh, C.M., Liang, L., Grogan, T., Coles, C., McNair, N., & Nuckols, T.K. (2018) Temporal
Trends in Fall Rates with the Implementation of a Multifaceted Fall Prevention Program:
Persistence Pays Off, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 44:75–
83. Retrieved on 8/26/18 from https://www.jointcommissionjournal.com/article/S1553-
2. Hitcho, E. B., Krauss, M. J., Birge, S., Dunagan, W. C., Fischer, I., Johnson, S., … Fraser, V. J. (2004). Characteristics and Circumstances of Falls in a Hospital Setting: A Prospective Analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19(7), 732–739.
3. The Joint Commission, Physician Leader Monthly, Mar 2018, https://www.jointcommission.org/assets
4. Rosenthal MB. Nonpayment for performance? Medicare’s new reimbursement rule. N EnglJ Med 2007;357:1573–1575