The Patient Safety Concern And Quality Improvement Issue ( State And National Context )

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Falls in a health care setting are costly to the patient, the health care facility and may affect the reimbursement that insurance gives to hospitals, yet they are preventable. Falls can be minor with just a few bumps and bruises or they can be major which can result in death. Not only are falls harmful to the patient but there is a lot of money and time that gets added up after a fall occurs *** There are many factors as to why a fall could take place, but being aware of the risk that a patient is a fall risk from the beginning can help avoid a fall from ever occurring. Accurately identifying a patient as a fall risk and communicating to other staff within 24 hours of admission is key to help in the prevention of falls. Current Knowledge of the Patient Safety Concern/Quality Improvement Issue (State and National Context) 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

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