What can a hospital do to reduce the risk of patients falling?

| Dec 29, 2016 | Hospital Negligence

Falling is one of the gravest dangers that older and more frail patients face during hospital stays. In a previous blog post, we discussed the things that hospitals can do to help identify high-risk patients. But merely identifying such patients is not enough. So, what can a hospital actually do to prevent falls from occurring?

Well, a hospital in Cincinnati implemented a program called “Transforming Care at the Bedside,” which resulted in a marked reduction in the fall rate among its patients. Among the methods that were employed as part of TCAB were:

  • Having patients who had a high risk of falling wear red socks so they can be more easily identified by the hospital’s staff and physicians.
  • Providing patients who had difficulty following instructions or who were disoriented with safety companions who keep constant watch and give aid to help prevent falls.
  • Altering the bed alarms that sound when a patient leaves the bed from 10 seconds to 2 seconds for high-risk patients.
  • Keeping patients occupied with activities that made them less apt to get out of bed.
  • Enlisting the aid of patients’ families and educating them about fall prevention.
  • Doing regular safety rounds in which nurses would specifically check to make sure that all fall prevention measures were in place.

By taking the right steps, hospitals¬†can greatly reduce the chances of a patient falling and suffering a serious injury. This is absolutely critical because a fall could drastically alter a patient’s quality of life. And it is even possible for a patient to suffer fatal injuries owing to a fall.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a hospital fall that could have been prevented, you may wish to contact an attorney who handles health care-related injury cases. The attorney could work on your behalf to help you get compensation to cover the medical expenses that resulted from the injuries caused by the fall.