Patient falls can be regarded ubiquitous, which necessitates nurses to seek fresh ways of solving the concern. Patient falls are serious challenges encountered in hospitals; indeed, some studies estimate that inpatient falls account for close to 70% of all inpatient accidents. Based on the risk of significant injury and the associated cost, reduction of falls within hospital settings shapes a major priority for fostering hospital quality and patient safety (Krauss, 2005). Falls among hospitalized patients have risen to become a persistent problem in healthcare settings with an incidence rate of 2.3-7 falls recorded per 1000 patients within American hospitals in which about 30-48% of the falls yield in injury costing hospitals over $4, 200 per fall.
Fitpatrick (2011) notes that close to 50% of hospitalized patients may be exposed to risk for falls, and close to half of the patients who fall suffer an injury. Falls among hospitalized patients can yield to negative impacts such as extended recovery times, extended hospital stays, extended time off work, and heightened costs for patients. The typical hospital stays for patients who sustain a fall when still in admission is 12.3 days longer and the sustained injuries can yield to a 61% increase in patient-care costs. The elderly are mostly susceptible to suffering severe injuries such as hip fractures and head trauma after sustaining a fall.
There are several means that diverse institutions have employed to assess inpatients for exposure to fall risks. ...Show more