As the United States population is advancing in age, the amount of patient falls and medical costs are estimated to increase. Approximately 700,000 patients fall per year in the hospital, which one-third of those falls could have been prevented (AHRQ, 2012). Prolonged hospital stays related to fall injuries is very costly. In 2013, a total of $34 billion dollars was paid due to falls by patients and insurance companies (CDC, 2015). Examples of injuries that can occur as a result of falls are fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding (AHRQ, 2012). Studies also show
The purpose of this research paper was to examine the latest research and evidence-based practices related to inpatient falls. Falls among the elderly within a hospital setting has increased within the last decade. Inpatient falls have become the second leading cause of death, causing longer hospital stays and indirect costs for the hospital. The research reviewed multiple studies, which discussed the causes of inpatient falls. A few causes included nurses and staff not knowledgeable of current hospital practices, lack of individualized plan of care, and lack of training related to falls. The findings assisted the writer to revise the current fall policy and procedure for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC). A fall reduction program
The physical, social, psychological, and financial impact that falls can have on the elderly population is particularly tragic because falls are frequently preventable (CDC, 2012). This report will examine the findings of recent research into fall prevention in hospital settings, to better understand the preventive
Falls are one of the most common inpatient adverse events. According to the World Health Organization, a fall is defined as an event that results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level (WHO 2016). In 2012, the cost of fall injuries totaled more than $36 billion. As the population ages, the financial toll for older-adult falls is projected to reach $59.6 billion by 2020. (NCQA 2015). Fall-related injuries account for up to 15 percent of rehospitalizations in the first month after discharge from hospital (Currie). Based on data from 2000, total annual estimated costs were between $16 billion and $19
During hospitalizations, falls are amongst the highest preventable consistent adverse events. Preventing such undesirable events, enhances patient overall experience, as well as increased trust in the health care professional team (Fragata, 2011). The importance of fall prevention lies with the many serious unfavorable health outcomes it can pose on the patient. Falls have the potential increase length of hospital stay, limit mobility, independence, but can ultimately lead to health deterioration, including death. Worldwide, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death. In addition to the life-threatening health and safety risks falls have to the patient, it also as a financial impact,
“The amount people pay for health insurance increased 30 percent from 2001 to 2005, while income for the same period of time only increased 3 percent.” (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The rising cost of healthcare is a huge problem in America today. In this paper I will analyze the different issues and causes for the increase in cost.
Falls are one of the major patient safety problems that every facility encounter on a day to day basis. An aging patient population, combined with multiple diagnosis and medications are prime contributing factors for patient fall. Other contributing factors are shortage of nursing and auxiliary staff, ineffective work environment and shortage of appropriate equipment. According to the Joint Commission around 30-50 percent of the falls happening in the hospitals have resulted in injury to the patients. Since Joint Commission started keeping records of fall from 1995 to 2012, it has been reported that there were 659 fall related death or permanent disability, which were voluntarily reported as a
Many of these inpatient falls can be prevented when following the proper fall prevention measures. Not only does patient safety make preventing falls a priority but the financial impact these falls have on an institution make it a priority as well.
There have been many studies performed focusing on the rising costs of health care and some of the findings state that the rising cost of healthcare premiums is a worldwide problem. However, I believe they are higher in the U.S. In 2015, U.S. health care costs were $3.2 trillion. That makes healthcare one of the largest U.S. industries, equaling 17.8 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in comparison to the late 1960s; where healthcare costs were only $27 billion, or 5% of the GDP, which averaged $9,990 per person each year. The main reason for the rising cost of healthcare is a combination of government policies and lifestyles changes. Examples included lack of coverage or costly coverage, lack of available coverage for
The high cost of healthcare continues to rise and many in the United States are optimistic for health information technology to reduce and improve our current situation. Health IT encompasses a broad array of new technologies designed to manage and share health-related information. When properly implemented, these systems can help coordinate patient care, reduce medical errors, and improve administrative efficiency. Therefore, implementing a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) will help the National Health Information Network (NHIN) achieve their goals in improving quality of care for the citizens of the United States. Thus, in order for the health IT to deliver on its promise, several obstacles must be overcome.
Problem: Patient falls have long been a common and serious problem in hospitals across the nation, causing
Falls are a great health concern for hospitalized patients since it has been ranked the
Patient falls have been a long debated healthcare issue throughout time and measured as a nursing sensitive issue. The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed patient falls with an injury with the steward of the American Nurses Association (NFQ: Quality Positioning Systems, 2014). All patient falls are documented per 1,000 patient days via the measurement description (NQF: Quality Positioning Systems, 2014). The target population that accounts for the total number of patient falls is in the medical-surgical, step-down, critical care, critical access, surgical, medical and adult rehabilitation units (NQF: Quality Positioning Systems, 2014). The Center for Control and Disease (CDC) has reported that every seventeen seconds, an elderly patient will have a fall in a hospital (Hill & Fauerbach, 2014). The majority of falls are associated with patients ambulating from a bed, chair, or toilet without the proper assistance (Shorr, Chandler, Mion, Waters Liu Daniels, et al., 2012). There is a new regulation published by the Center for Medicaid Services. It states that injuries acquired through a fall in an organization will be held responsible for those medical costs (Hill & Fauerbach, 2014). In fact, in 2010, there was approximately $30B in hospital costs related to patient falls (Hill & Fauerbach, 2014). With the increasing number of patient falls in acute care settings and the change of healthcare coverage, does the use of bed alarms reduce the risk of falls of
Falls are considered a leading cause of mortality and injury among older adults and majority of the falls occurs while hospitalized. One would think being in the hospital would be one of the safest places for older adults as far as fall prevention is concern due to the fact that hospitals provide staffing around the clock for patients but more and more falls have been occurring in the hospital especially in the older adult population. Fall is an unintended descent to the ground. It raises public and family care liability; it also decreases patient’s functioning because it causes pain and suffering, and increases medical costs (Saverino et al, 2015). The Center for Disease Control
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