The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality estimates that approximately 700,000 to 1 million people fall in hospitals in the United States every year. Of those, 30 to 40% lead to 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.
Research has shown that there are several factors that have a demonstrable link to an increased risk of falls. They include but are not limited to:
- Inadequate or poor risk assessment
- A breakdown in communications or poor communication processes
- Failure to adhere to existing protocols and safety best practices
- Poor staff training and supervision
- Poor physical environment
An effective falls prevention program is designed to consider all these issues, and ensures the adherence to evidence-based fall prevention best practices.