Patients Falling, Another Contributor to Hospital Costs

We’re always talking about how much it costs when a patient goes to the hospital for one ailment and contracts an infection from something else while they’re there. Hospital acquired infections are big and expensive problems. But there’s another patient/hospital factor that contributes to an unnecessary increase in expenses, patient falls.

When a patient falls in the hospital, a short visit can turn into a long one and rightfully hospitals have to foot the bill.  To prevent these falls from taking place requires not only recognizing the risk but evaluating the individual patient risk as well. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the cost of fall injuries for those 65 and older is expected to exceed $19 billion. The CDC reports that  1 out of every 3 adults falls each year and is the leading cause of injury deaths among people age 65 or older. This tells me patients 65 and older arP8194248e at a greater risk of falling. After listening to this NPR story  about a patient sleepwalking on Ambian, I see patients on certain types of medication are at an increased risk of falling as well.

At hospitals some patients communicate the increased risk of patient falls to staff through medical records, patient education material, alarms, signage on doors, walls, wristbands and socks. Whatever your facility’s fall prevention plan is, Midrook Medical assembles Patient Fall Prevention Kits so the process is seamless. Midbrook purchases and assembles the fully customizable kits of your choice. The time consuming stuffing and assembling of patient kits often done by hospital staff can now be handed off to Midbrook. This assures items are prepared accurately and on time, taking worry and human error out of the equation.

A proper fall prevention plan can save an organization a great deal of money. The best part is that after the intial implementation, the plan basically runs itself. Midbrook purchases and assembles the kits and the organization benefits by increasing patient’s safety and decreasing patient fall related expenses.

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